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musman
02-22-10, 03:39 PM
I ordered this Intel SSD today: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167025

I also ordered W7 Ultimate. Has anyone done any firmware updates on a SSD? I keep reading you need to do that on this one. Never did that before.

Thanks too all who helped me make my decision.

Musman

Dr.Nick
02-22-10, 06:46 PM
Grats man, hope you enjoy it. Definitely update the firmware before installing the OS. Its pretty easy with intel drives; just burn the iso to cd, boot to it, and hit "y" twice. That's it:)

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&ProductFamily=Solid+State+Drives+and+Caching&ProductLine=Intel%C2%AE+High+Performance+Solid+Sta te+Drive&ProductProduct=Intel%C2%AE+X25-V+Value+Solid+State+Drive%2c+40GB

musman
02-22-10, 07:19 PM
Grats man, hope you enjoy it. Definitely update the firmware before installing the OS. Its pretty easy with intel drives; just burn the iso to cd, boot to it, and hit "y" twice. That's it:)

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&ProductFamily=Solid+State+Drives+and+Caching&ProductLine=Intel%C2%AE+High+Performance+Solid+Sta te+Drive&ProductProduct=Intel%C2%AE+X25-V+Value+Solid+State+Drive%2c+40GB

Sounds easy enough, thank you!

Roliath
02-22-10, 09:25 PM
your gonna love the speed, you will wonder why you didnt do it sooner.

trivium nate
02-22-10, 09:39 PM
sounds cool let us know how it goes

onmikesline
02-23-10, 11:49 AM
a 40gb lol.

Monolyth
02-23-10, 12:55 PM
Gratz man, I love my Intel SSD, I've had zero problems with it.

Just remember that Windows 7 is going to eat a nice chunk out of that storage.


a 40gb lol.

If used for just an OS/App drive you don't need a huge SSD.

nekrosoft13
02-23-10, 02:05 PM
Sequential Access - Read up to 170MB/s
Sequential Access - Write up to 35MB/s

is this accurate?

that quite slow compared to other SSDs.

musman
02-24-10, 12:26 PM
Yes I can check on the read write speeds. Is atto benchmark a free program? I should have the drive tonight.

musman
02-24-10, 01:17 PM
Ok I will test it.

musman
02-25-10, 10:49 PM
Here is the benchmark for my Intel SSD.


http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h246/musman_2006/SSD_Benchmark.jpg

onmikesline
02-25-10, 10:50 PM
write is way slower is it?

musman
02-25-10, 11:01 PM
write is way slower is it?

Big time lol. But my OS is really snappy. Just got it up and running so i need some time with it.

nekrosoft13
02-25-10, 11:47 PM
hows the boot time?

musman
02-26-10, 10:18 AM
hows the boot time?

It boots in about half the time (that's a good estimate) as my Seagate HDD. I will post a video soon (of both my HDD and SSD boot time) to show the difference.

My HDD benchmarked (same benchmark program as I posted with the SSD) at just over 80 mb/s read and write time. I may get another HDD and do a RAID.

musman
02-26-10, 11:15 AM
Thanks a lot for testing musman!
Definitely the drive I'll get for my fileserver boot disk.

Man I wish I can profit from the faster boot times with SSDs. I have way too much peripherals and external HDD boxes connected to my main pc, it boots just as slow as with a Velociraptor :o But it would be pretty quick if I'd disconnect all that stuff :p

You are welcome! Glad I could help.

hokeyplyr48
02-26-10, 04:50 PM
those write speeds are atrocious!

I'm gonna be getting my CT300 shortly...best SSD on the market, even better than the intel in most of the reputable online reviews

tjohn
02-26-10, 08:23 PM
Here's my 320 GB 7200 Seagate laptop HD just for some reference.

http://home.comcast.net/~tjohn/bench.jpg

musman
02-26-10, 09:52 PM
That's about exactly what I get on my Seagate HDD.

musman
02-27-10, 12:31 PM
I ordered another Seagate 500gb HDD. I'm going to do a RAID with the two drives. They will be used to put all my games on. What is the best RAID configuration for speed? RAID 0?

musman
02-27-10, 01:32 PM
With two drives yes but it's risky...

I understand if one drive fails I lose all data, so I hear. I will not have any really important data on it so it's not a big deal. Any idea what kind of improvement I will see? Will it double my read/write speed?

musman
02-27-10, 02:47 PM
What is the "controller"? Is that something in the HDD? Here is another stupid question. When I setup this RAID, do I half to format both HDDs? Or, will it copy all my data from my original drive?

musman
02-27-10, 03:30 PM
Probably about twice the speeds. But it depends on the drive and the controller of course.


After playing with my entry level SSD for a few days now I must say HDD days are numbered. In ten years (or less) SSD will be standard. It's so nice to turn on my computer and check my e-mail in under a minute. Before I would turn it on and walk away for several minutes letting all the drivers and programs load. Now my BIOS is slowing up the boot time lol.

Here is an interesting video about a SSD in the 1980's. It's 100GB too! Cooled by liquid nitrogen.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKdtmOjxiHw

musman
02-27-10, 03:34 PM
slaWter, do you use STEAM? If so add me to your friends list if you like. My user name is Musman2010.

nekrosoft13
02-27-10, 03:38 PM
What is the "controller"?

controller is the device on your motherboard that controls the sata devices.

on intel boards those are made by intel
on nvidia boards made by nvidia
on amd boards made by amd
etc.. via, sis

and then of course you can have extra on board controllers made by jmicron, silicon image, marvell etc...

or pci/pcie expansion controllers again made by promise, silicon image, marvell etc...