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  1. The sequential read and write speeds do seem to indicate that it is a SF-1200 drive. It'll be a shame for Sandisk to abandon its SSD controller R&D though, despite the poor performance of the G3.
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    SSDs and HyperFast

    I downloaded the trial version and tested it on my Win XP machine with a well used Kingston SNV425 SSD. Before I optimised the SSD with Hyperfast, Disk Keeper told me that the "Estimated Performance Degradation" was 22%. After several hours optimising the drive, that was reduced to 8% I also ran CDM before and after I optimised the SSD. While it didn't really affect the read speeds, sequential write speeds dropped by approx 20 MB/s after the procedure. I have now uninstalled Disk Keeper...
  3. I saw this on an Engadget post and was wondering whether any XT users encountered the same problem: pico1180.... that does not sound good. Were you able to clone your hard disk to the XT?
  4. I wonder whether it is selling like hotcakes or whether supply is limited? BTW, a lot of user reviews on Newegg complain about noise and vibration yet none of the "pro" reviews mentioned this at all.
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    Sandisk Adds to OEM SSD Portfolio

    Meh. We never saw any reviews of the G3 (probably because Sandisk knew it sucked) and I doubt the G4 can compete against current SSDs on the market.
  6. Thanks for the details TSullivan. Did you find that the Momentus XT got significantly better after several runs or did the other drives (like the 7200.4 or VelociRaptor) improve by just as much? After doing a bit more research, it looks like SuperFetch is designed to pre-load boot and/or program files so this is probably why synthetic benchmarks like the Storagemark traces aren't affected.
  7. In the productivity and HTPC benchmarks, can you go into a bit more details about the testing methodology? Did you reboot the computer in between runs? Can you post the improvements between runs? Did you use a similar methodology (ie. multiple runs) when testing the Momentus 7200.4 and the VelociRaptor? They might not have the 4GB cache of the XT but the Windows SuperFetch service also learns your access pattern and pre-fetches data into memory to speed up disk access. Sorry about all these questions but I'm trying to figure out whether the 4GB NAND cache on the XT is any better than having lots of RAM on the laptop and just letting SuperFetch do its magic.
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    State of the art in 1.8" ssds?

    I think you can upgrade the HD in a Macbook Air with the 1.8" PATA ZIF RunCore Pro IV SSD. It is an Indilinx based drive so the performance should be pretty decent.
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    FlashFire SSD Acceleration Software

    FlashFire is a write-cache specifically designed for SSDs. It is particularly useful for SSDs with very little cache and/or poor write combining algorithms (like the JMicron JMF602B). It made a huge difference to these old SSDs but I'm not sure it'll be useful on SSDs with newer controllers like the Barefoot, X25-M, Sandforce, etc.
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    Not exactly. The old JMicron 'FIXED' controller is generally referred to the JMF602B or the slightly 'more-FIXED' JMF602D with 64KB of cache. The first gen SSDNow V (SNV125) used the JMF602D controller. The second gen SSDNow V (SNV425) uses a Toshiba branded controller although it has been suggested that it is based on the JMicron JMF618 design. The SNV425 has a 64MB DRAM chip which is most likely used to cache data. As for the performance of the SNV425, it is certainly not as fast as the Indilinx or the Intel G2. Its claim to fame is price and IMO its place in the market is a boot/apps drive for users who want something faster than a VelociRaptor but can't justify the comparatively high price of an Indilinx or Intel G2 drive. To quote Pure Overclock in their SNV425 review: Frankly, we often look at performance as the primary consideration when reviewing products but this is a glaring exception; price is driving this Kingston SSD, and the price is excellent for what you get. To recap the performance, then, let's break it down summarily now. The short version is the SNV425-S2 cannot compete with the Indilinx-based SSDs. However, that's not to say this drive isn't fast, because it is. Will you notice the difference? Perhaps, perhaps not. But the reality is that compared to your traditional hard drive, this SSD is stinking fast. Additionally if you're not a heavy multi-tasker, the difference between this budget SSD and a more expensive/faster SSD might not be that noticeable. To quote another review (this time LegitReviews): In closing, I'd like to share that my main system is running on a 128GB Patriot Torqx which has higher read/write specifications than the Kingston. Using the bundled Acronis software, I cloned my daily Windows 7 instance over onto the Kingston and used it for several days, performing my regular activities. I saw little, if any, difference in performance and was pleased with how smoothly it performed. All in all, Kingston has done a very nice job of tweaking their V Series drives for the better and just like the first generation, we think it's deserving of the Legit Reviews Value award! Disclaimer: I bought the Kingston SNV425 a few weeks ago although this was done after *A LOT* of research.
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    60 GB SSD options

    If you're upgrading from a 2.5" mechanical HD to an SSD you certainly won't need benchmarks to notice the difference! I went from a 250GB 5400rpm HD to a 64GB Kingston SNV425 SSD in my Acer Timeline and the difference is like chalk and cheese.
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    Changing AAM on WD 1200JB?

    I think the only way to silence a WD drive is by using some sort of enclosure like the SilentDrive. I have a WD400JB in an old Compaq P350 in the study. Whenever the harddisk spins down, the system is almost silent. When it spins back up again.... the hammer comes to mind! I'm thinking of mounting it in a 5.25" bay and putting sound absorbing mats around it. Come on WD, put FDB motors on *ALL* your drives!! I'll be buying a new HD soon!
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    Memory and performance

    I can't seem to find Buffalo in Aus but the Kingmax CL2.5 looks pretty good and seems reasonably cheap. There is a data sheet with lots of memory timing information but I can't decipher all the data. What do 2-2-2-5-T1 and CL2.5 actually represent?
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    Memory and performance

    Ahhhh brilliant! The price tag of the box just came down $84.....of course there's always the 3GHz P4! A Raptor would be great if I didn't already find my WD400JB's whine annoying. If only the WD740GD wasn't so expensive! I wanna try to get my hands on a 36GB FDB Raptor and a 80GB 8MB Deathstar 7K250. If not, I can live with the 120GB 8MB 7K250 (and a fatter wallet).
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    Memory and performance

    I'm about to build a new machine, most probably based around the i875P and a 800FSB 2.8GHz PIV. I've seen several stores selling premium low-latency memory such as Kingston HyperX or Corsair XMS and XMS-LL. Some of them seem to be twice as expensive as standard "no-name" DDR SDRAM. So how much performance gain am I likely to see by using Corsair's PC3200 2-3-2-6-T1 versus (significantly) cheaper memory like Transcend's CL2.5 PC3200 DDR SDRAM? Are there any sites which have performed benchmarks?