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DiscipleDOC
04-08-10, 10:01 AM
I created this thread for those who already purchased an SSD to post your results and your findings on how to get the drive working efficiently. Also, post your questions for others to be able to help you in your decision on getting an SSD or help troubleshoot the one you have. ;)

EDIT: Quote from slaWter:
The Intel X25 thread is full of important info and benchmarks:
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=119130

DD, can you add it to your first post please? Could be helpful...

Jon
04-08-10, 10:27 AM
http://www.kobaltcomputers.co.uk/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=203&d=1270679974

Got my X25-M yesterday. Going to fit a second one the weekend... slowest 2 days ever.

Maverick123w
04-08-10, 10:31 AM
I've been a member of the ssd club for about 2 weeks so far. I purchased the cheapest of the intel drives (X25v 40GB) and it is easily the best $125 I have ever spent on my computer.

It has really spoiled me. Everything I work on here at work now feels SLLLOOOW. It doesn't matter if it's a fresh core i7 build or w/e. If it has a mechanical drive it feels ancient.

The 1 and only issue I'm currently having, is that when I have the AMD AHCI driver installed, the intel toolbox no longer works. I have to uninstall the ahci drivers to run the toolbox, so I'm not positive if trim is running or not... (is there a way to check this?)

I'm getting roughly 190MB/sec reads and 45MB/sec writes which are both above spec after doing some tweaking so I couldn't be happier.

Jon
04-08-10, 10:39 AM
The 1 and only issue I'm currently having, is that when I have the AMD AHCI driver installed, the intel toolbox no longer works. I have to uninstall the ahci drivers to run the toolbox, so I'm not positive if trim is running or not... (is there a way to check this?).

From what I've read only the microsoft ahci driver passes trim to the drive in windows 7. Unfortunately the only way I can think of to see if trim is working is to benchmark the drive, then run the trim from the toolbox and compare the results. If performance goes up then it needed a trim and therefore wasn't being done by the OS. But I'm trying not to worry too much in case I drive myself crazy with it!

newparad1gm
04-08-10, 10:45 AM
Rocking my Intel X-25M 160GB here as my primary drive. Although I honestly haven't seen much improvement in startup time, as my RAID 0 Seagates were plenty fast already. Same thing with gaming loading, as levels and gaming assets are largely sequential file accesses that don't benefit much from the fast random access times on the SSD. Its all the little things like opening and running Firefox, and opening Office and other productivity apps that I put on the SSD that improve, and searching for files has improved, even after disabling Indexing.

And honestly, after reading horror stories on SSDs failing and having problems, Intel and maybe OCZ are the only brands I trust right now. Once Intel comes out with its SATA III SSDs, I'll probably do a mobo upgrade and grab one of those.

Maverick123w
04-08-10, 12:03 PM
From what I've read only the microsoft ahci driver passes trim to the drive in windows 7. Unfortunately the only way I can think of to see if trim is working is to benchmark the drive, then run the trim from the toolbox and compare the results. If performance goes up then it needed a trim and therefore wasn't being done by the OS. But I'm trying not to worry too much in case I drive myself crazy with it!

With the ms ahci driver the system takes 2x longer to boot :/

I haven't noticed a performance drop when benchmarking yet so hopefully it's ok.

Roliath
04-08-10, 12:24 PM
Great idea for a thread!

I've been rocking my 160GB Intel G1 SSD on my Macbook Pro for a few months now, I have 3 80GB G1's in raid 0 (670mb reads, maxes out ich10r gotta love it) on my gaming rig.

I've always wondered, what would be the best way to perform maintenance on my 160gb, should I just secure erase the entire thing. I wish intel/apple had support for mac's.

Mr Bigman
04-08-10, 03:37 PM
Good topic DD.

I been using the OCZ 128 gig ones for awhile now in raid with 2 xraptors 300 and a couple of black editon drivers and seems to work good now i have no sata ports left on my x58 shovs.

Roadhog
04-08-10, 04:11 PM
I have 2, 120GB OCZ Aglilitys in RAID 0. Pretty decent speeds I guess...

http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/3452/atto15.jpg

Mr Bigman
04-08-10, 09:42 PM
What modes ya using slim?

I use the ich10 controller with em at raid 0 seems good and yea windows loads fast as hell over the machanical drives did.

Roadhog
04-10-10, 02:16 PM
What modes ya using slim?

I use the ich10 controller with em at raid 0 seems good and yea windows loads fast as hell over the machanical drives did.

Same.

DiscipleDOC
04-12-10, 02:17 PM
The Intel X25 thread is full of important info and benchmarks:
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=119130

DD, can you add it to your first post please? Could be helpful...

Done. ;)

DiscipleDOC
04-14-10, 10:59 AM
Here's an article on a roundup of 64GB SSD's (http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/920)...

musman
04-15-10, 06:50 PM
Hi my name is musman and I have been addicted to SSD for two months. :)

shaker718
04-20-10, 11:19 AM
Just purchased a X25-m 80gb G2 drive as a birthday gift to myself. Should be here in a day or two. Now to back up my soon to be Broken RAID and get things ready for SSD-goodness.

Rakeesh
04-20-10, 01:49 PM
Bought one a few days ago, due to arrive here on the 22nd. I'm a bit curious though, how have most of you dealt with getting the partition alignment right when formatting the drive for the first time in windows 7? Or does windows 7 handle this automatically?

For those who don't already know, the partition needs to be created so that it begins where the second data cluster begins, or else your drive won't perform up to its potential speed.

DiscipleDOC
04-20-10, 02:05 PM
Bought one a few days ago, due to arrive here on the 22nd. I'm a bit curious though, how have most of you dealt with getting the partition alignment right when formatting the drive for the first time in windows 7? Or does windows 7 handle this automatically?

For those who don't already know, the partition needs to be created so that it begins where the second data cluster begins, or else your drive won't perform up to its potential speed.

Win7 handles this automatically. I didn't have to format it when I first got the drive.

zoomy942
04-20-10, 03:12 PM
so here is a question. Right now i have a 160 GB 7200RPM drive in my netbook. I was thinking of getting an SSD for it.

What prices and recommendations would you fella's put out there?

Rakeesh
04-20-10, 03:50 PM
Win7 handles this automatically. I didn't have to format it when I first got the drive.

Yeah I figured they'd throw on a partition already setup just for win xp users but I'm wondering what will happen should I ever need to repartition it.

Bearclaw
04-20-10, 03:59 PM
so here is a question. Right now i have a 160 GB 7200RPM drive in my netbook. I was thinking of getting an SSD for it.

What prices and recommendations would you fella's put out there?

What I would do if I were you is get a cheaper 64GB for OS. some other files then keep the 160GB for storage. :)

Maverick123w
04-20-10, 04:07 PM
so here is a question. Right now i have a 160 GB 7200RPM drive in my netbook. I was thinking of getting an SSD for it.

What prices and recommendations would you fella's put out there?

If you end up getting an ssd for it please let me know how much better the machine runs. I've been thinking about putting my 40GB intel ssd-v in the wifes netbook when I upgrade to a better ssd down the road.

zoomy942
04-20-10, 04:55 PM
What I would do if I were you is get a cheaper 64GB for OS. some other files then keep the 160GB for storage. :)

so how do i know which kind to get?

Bearclaw
04-20-10, 05:20 PM
so how do i know which kind to get?
Hopefully DD chimes in. He knows more. Although - check his sig. The one he got seems to be hot selling rightnow

CaptNKILL
04-20-10, 05:31 PM
Can't wait to see Anand's review of the new OCZ Agility 2:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3663/this-just-in-ocz-agility-2-sandforce1200-ssd

It uses the Sandforce SF-1200 controller, and it should be much cheaper than the Vertex LE.

The performance should beat pretty much everything else in most cases, at a lower price, hopefully. 50Gb is smaller than I wanted to go, but for that kind of performance I'd buy one for the right price.

Maverick123w
04-20-10, 10:23 PM
I've sworn off OCZ for the time being. I have gotten countless bad sticks in the shop lately and their rma process is extremely slow.