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#1 triplefam

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 08:48 PM

I don't know why my drive's running this slow..

Is this just a normal caveat of SSD technology or is something just not working right here? If so, how can I fix it?

Motherboard: ASUS Z87-Pro
SSD: ADATA SP900 SATA3 (with April 2013 5.0.7a firmware -- supposedly fixing and essentially enabling TRIM amongst other small bugs)
SATA PORT: First, via Intel 6.0gbps port as opposed to third party 6.0gbps ASMedia port
SATA MODE: AHCI, confirmed via BIOS, AS SSD benchmark, & DisableDeleteNotify=0 in CMD
SATA DRIVER: Intel® 8 Series/C220 Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller (12.0.0.1082 1/22/2013)
OS: Windows 7 x64 SP1 + all relevant updates



1.) Fresh reformat via Parted Magic's Secure Erase.
2.) Fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64.
3.) Fresh installation of most recent chipset drivers provided by ASUS on its website for my particular board.
4.) Fresh installation of most recent SATA drivers provided by ASUS on its website for my particular board.
EDIT worth mentioning that I forgot: Confirmed AHCI via BIOS & in Windows via AS SSD showing IaStorA as the SATA driver & CMD prompt DisableDeleteNotify=0
5.) Installed all Windows 7 updates
6.) Installed avast! Antivirus Free (as with all software, I declined installing any spyware programs)
7.) Installed Tune-Up Utilities and 100% optimized my computer
7.) Installed the following pieces of software:

uTorrent
3DMark
AMD Catalyst Install Manager
avast! Free Antivirus
Battlefield 3
Battlelog Web Plugins
Core Temp 1.0 RC5
CPUID CPU-Z 1.65.0
DAEMON Tools Lite
ESN Sonar
Futuremark SystemInfo
Google Chrome
HD Tune Pro 5.00
Intel® Network Connections 18.1.59.0
Intel HD Graphics Driver
Intel SDK for OpenCL - CPU Only Runtime Package
Intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Driver
LatencyMon 5.00 (which doesn't show any unusual ISR or DPC activity)
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5
*All Microsoft Visual C++ packs*
MSI Afterburner 3.0.0 Beta 10
Origin
Presonus Universal Control 1.7
PunkBuster Services
RivaTuner Statistics Server 5.1.2
The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim
TuneUp Utilities 2013


8.) Messed around with Battlefield 3 and Skyrim just to watch the fast load times, and yes they're fast, but...
9.) Less than 24 hours after setting up, watch what happened to my speeds..
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What could I have possibly done to make it run over twice as slow so in a matter of 24 hours?! People say they run slower when they're filled up however I'm at 141GB free out of 238GB total. This is frustrating.. still faster than a HDD however I know I should be getting more out of it!

Edited by triplefam, 04 July 2013 - 08:58 PM.

#2 FastMHz

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 08:39 AM

Let it run for a while so internal garbage collection can work. Installing an OS, updates, games, etc causes an enormous amount of writes, deletes, overwrites and changed files which will cause reduced performance for a period of time before the SSD can clean up the mess in the NAND...Also, do not run excessive benchmarks - these contribute to said mess.

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#3 Bytebite

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 08:42 AM

Sandforce drives will loose some performance short after setup, but please post a screenshot from AS-SSD, maybe we can figure out if it is normal.

#4 triplefam

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 10:40 PM

Sandforce drives will loose some performance short after setup, but please post a screenshot from AS-SSD, maybe we can figure out if it is normal.


Attached File  as-ssd-bench ATA ADATA SP900 7.5.2013 11-37-48 PM.png   37.73KB   2 downloads
Attached File  as-copy-bench ATA ADATA SP900 7.5.2013 11-39-24 PM.png   25.58KB   3 downloads
Attached File  as-compr-bench ATA ADATA SP900 7.5.2013 11-40-05 PM.png   46.8KB   2 downloads

Thank you!

#5 Bytebite

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:34 AM

Just did a quick search and found this on a German website:
http://www.pc-max.de...91-HDD-Test-1-2
Read performance is the same but your write rate is higher, it seems that this can be normal.



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