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Bought an SSD for NCIX's Boxing Day sale, a 60GB Vertex 2, just got around to plugging it in today (I'm a student).

Anyways, a couple months ago the 34nm vs. 25nm NAND scandal hit and I got scurred. My drive WAS an OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G model (the "E" was supposed to mean it was the crappier of the two) and things weren't looking good, even though I ordered it before the New Year.

Anyways, put 'er in, and here's the results. First off it formatted to 55.8GB, which I believe is a good sign. Seems to be running 1.25 firmware, another good sign.

Bad signs: apparently my mobo (sig rig) doesn't really support AHCI. I think I've found a workaround though, because I believe AHCI = TRIM support?

Anyways, I've got a couple questions:
1) How do I tell what mode I'm running in (IDE/AHCI etc.)?
2) How do I tell whether TRIM is/isn't running?
3) Benefits of AHCI over IDE?
4) How do my speeds look?
post #2 of 11
1) BIOS
2) Depends on SATA driver, not sure about nVidia ones.
3) Actual SATA features as well as TRIM support.
4) Kind of low.
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1) Whereabouts?
2) Can I assume it's not running since I'm probably not in AHCI?
3) Got it.
4) Lame. Again, can I assume the low speeds because I'm probably not in AHCI?
post #4 of 11
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Anyways, I've got a couple questions:
1) How do I tell what mode I'm running in (IDE/AHCI etc.)?
2) How do I tell whether TRIM is/isn't running?
3) Benefits of AHCI over IDE?
4) How do my speeds look?
NVIDIA chipsets do not fully support AHCI and perform poorly with SSDs.
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Thanks Duckie. Now I basically HAVE to upgrade to SB. So... thanks?
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Thanks Duckie. Now I basically HAVE to upgrade to SB. So... thanks?
you won't regret it if you do!
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you won't regret it if you do!
My wallet will. Because it's empty. So it'll have to start selling parts of itself to pay. Which is what I'm going to have to do. That or sell my services and become a lady of the evening.
post #8 of 11
Could always get a SATA expansion card and use that instead..
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Could always get a SATA expansion card and use that instead..
just what i was going to say. get an internal expansion card to use that new drive with. maybe something like this?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816115077
or you could just deal with the speeds and get bulldozer when it comes out?
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Doesn't look that bad to me. If you're worried about benching fast, then go ahead and spend money to upgrade. At this speed, you're probably not going to feel a user difference from ~350 to ~450 or whatever the possible upgrade is with the expansion. Although I felt a big difference with the HDD to SSD changeover, a good SSD vs a perfectly optimized provide similar user experience but will bench much different, IMO (just my opinion, if it feels almost instantaneous as a response to a click, how much more do you want?)
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