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June 18, 2014 11:13:44 PM

I put Diablo 3 on my SSD and HDD and used a stop watch to time how long it took from pressing the create game button to being in game. For both the SSD and HDD it was 14 seconds across several trials. I'm only able to run the SSD on SATA II, and I know that's not helping things, but I'm pretty sure it should still be a lot faster than a 7200RPM HDD.

I *think* I'm using AHCI (I've had this drive for 1-2 years, so I can't remember for sure if I set it up). In my BIOS it's set to AHCI, and it's showing that my driver is msahci in ASSSD benchmark, and the flag for AHCI is set in the registry. However, during POST I saw 2 SATA devices listed, and both said IDE - is that normal (I only have the HDD and SSD on SATA, and 2 USB HDDs)?

I was considering updating my BIOS (motherboard is a P6TD Deluxe and I haven't updated the BIOS since I bought it years ago), but looking at the changes cited for each update I don't see anything that would pertain to this - mostly just adding support for more processors.

I thought maybe I was CPU limited. I have an i7 920 at stock settings (2.66GHz), and apparently D3 only uses one core. So, I tried making a game while watching the task manager CPU charts, but none of the cores were hitting full usage. I may be wrong here though, since the i7 shows 8 cores while only having 4 physical cores (because of hyperthreading?), and I'm not sure how Diablo 3 interacts with that based on it's 1 core system, or how I'm supposed to interpret the results. I suppose I'll try a bit of an overclock tomorrow and see if that helps matters.

As for RAM I generally have ~2.2 GB left over 'available' memory while doing this, so it would seem I'm not running out of memory here.

Maybe a firmware update for the drive? I'm a little nervous about doing that though, I mostly see people complaining about how the firmware updates broke something.

I apologize for the lengthy post. Does anyone have any other ideas of why this might be happening? Thanks in advance.


Specs:
Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
P6TD Deluxe motherboard
Radeon HD 7870
i7 920 @ 2.66GHz
Crucial M4 (128GB) SSD
6GB DDR3 RAM (rated 1600, brought down to 1066 with stock 920 settings)


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June 18, 2014 11:16:30 PM

Your not going to see performance increase until the ram fills up and your computer begins using a swap file more heavily. 2 SSD's in raid0 will be better if your using sata2. (and your pc can support raid0)
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June 18, 2014 11:48:44 PM

itsVance said:
Your not going to see performance increase until the ram fills up and your computer begins using a swap file more heavily. 2 SSD's in raid0 will be better if your using sata2. (and your pc can support raid0)


Ah, that makes sense now that I think about it. I'm loading the same area over and over for this test so it should be in RAM, and thus the equal load times. Or at least I think that's what this means. Thanks for your reply.
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