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Clean Win 7 Install onto Samsung 840 Pro SSD: A few queries...

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January 14, 2014 12:41:29 PM

Hi all

I have managed to Clean Install Win 7 onto my new Samsung 840 Pro SSD (It wouldn't recognise my product key at first but this site http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-instal... worked when I downloaded the .bat file for registry workaround)

Initial impressions are very good, the boot up times much quicker and no lag when opening programs and an overall much quicker experience. That said I've done my first benchmark test and although I don't think my MB BIOS supports AHCI and I'm using SATAII should I be getting better results than this;




I initially had problems using the Magician software; each time I boot up I get the prompt 'Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer' and have to click YES each time before I can do anything in Windows - also I then get a window popping up stating that 'Magician cannot communicate with the below Samsung SSD"...so rather than using the OS optimization Maximum Performance, Capacity & Reliability options, instead I followed Sean's Optimization guide here http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-inst... reducing Page File, System Restore, Hibernation, Turning off search Indexing, disabling SuperFetch...etc...etc...

I'm unsure about downloading latest Motherboard & Chipset drivers though, the procedure for this and any potential issues that may cause or weather Windows Update would have already done this? How do you check what version chipset you have and if you need to update it?

This is my motherboard... http://www.asrock.com/mb/NVIDIA/Penryn1600SLI-110dB/

All I know is that I have the latest 1.40 BIOS.

So in summary I know my motherboard isn't all singing, dancing latest (it was when I bought it in 2008!!) hardware out there, but do you know anyway I might be able to boost my read/write stats....other than that at least I will have the SSD when at some point I buy another PC.

a c 180 G Storage
a b Ô Samsung
January 14, 2014 12:46:38 PM

Your speed is also limited by your SATA 2 ports.
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January 14, 2014 12:50:48 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Your speed is also limited by your SATA 2 ports.


..but to that extent my results show above?
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January 14, 2014 3:22:51 PM

You have an old Intel socket LGA 775 motherboard with Nvidia chipsets that was released at the very beginning of 2008. It is 6 years old. It will not properly support modern 3rd generation SATA 3 6Gb/s solid state drives because it was designed and manufactured long before modern 3rd generation SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd's were developed. Your ssd will also have problems performing at SATA 2 3Gb/s levels.

Your motherboard was released at the beginning of 2008. The first consumer SATA 2 3Gb/s ssd's weren't introduced until later that year. Tom's Hardware published a roundup review of 14 models. They had more than there fair share of problems. There were two notable exceptions. A Samsung SATA 2 3Gb/s 64 GB ssd and an OCZ SATA 2 3Gb/s 64GB ssd did very well. Opening the OCZ ssd enclosure revealed the OCZ ssd was actually the Samsung ssd. It had simply been rebranded.
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January 14, 2014 3:46:18 PM

The nforce line had issues with their sata2 ports negotiating properly and wind up defaulting to sata1 which is what you are seeing. There never was a resolution to the problem that I can recall. Happened with my nforce 570sli too.
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January 15, 2014 4:51:21 AM

wow - so I may only be performing at Sata1 - I didn't realise technology had advanced to this extent - okay thanks guys. I guess I will uninstall the magician software and stop obsessing with benchmark and performance tests because in reality I am seeing a speed increase in almost everything I do compared to my old spindle HDD.

One other thing though I notice a process called avgrsa.exe taking over 102k of static memory when I access Task Manager - I think this is related to AVG Anti-Virus - Sean's guide recommends not using this and just sticking to Microsoft Security Essentials... will this be sufficient for overall protection... or do you have any other recommendation for Anti Virus light on system resources?
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