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111 GB Samsung 840 SSD low benchmark performance?

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June 26, 2014 9:24:02 PM

Hi,

I've been using this hard drive for about a year now and have started having problems recently with PC performance, namely with regards to gaming. So I've replaced fans and my psu and made sure nothing is overheating and then I remembered I could run a benchmark on my hard drive through Samsung Magician. So I ran it today and have really low results, even lower than a lot of the low results I've found in other threads in this forum.

Here's the latest benchmark test I ran:
http://content.screencast.com/users/FPSMoto/folders/Jin...
And here are my PC specs:
Operating System
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00GHz 39 °C
Wolfdale 45nm Technology
RAM
4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 533MHz (5-7-7-20)
Motherboard
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. EP45-UD3R (Socket 775) 46 °C
Graphics
SyncMaster (1680x1050@60Hz)
S200HL (1600x900@60Hz)
512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX/9800 GTX+ (EVGA) 64 °C
Storage
111GB Samsung SSD 840 Series ATA Device (SSD) 35 °C

Now I know my motherboard isn't the newest of boards, but this benchmark still seems very low nevertheless. Is this considered a normal benchmark for my PC hardware? If not, what are some ways I can improve the performance? I also had this drive hooked up into one of the 6 SATA connections on my motherboard rather than one of the main 2 ports, 0 and 1. I switched to SATA 0 port and I get even lower results than before I made the switch.

I greatly appreciate any assistance on this issue.

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June 26, 2014 9:31:04 PM

Yes, it is slow. It should be 480 around read and 450 around write. However you should consider every part of PC works in a harmony. You have old parts to be honest. DDR2 RAM, old Core 2 Duo and your OS is SP1. All considered, your new SSD seems to be bottlenecked by your RAM and CPU.

To sum up, this benchmark is actually normal for your hardware, nothing to worry.
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June 26, 2014 9:37:04 PM

The benchmark does indeed seem to be much lower than expected, even accounting for SATA 3Gb/s.

Do you have the option of benchmarking this drive in another computer (perhaps a friend's)? That would help narrow it down as to whether it is the drive itself or the surrounding hardware.
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June 26, 2014 9:42:53 PM

To add, here is an article from Tom's comparing the Samsung 840 Pro on SATA 6Gb vs 3Gb: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-upgrade-sata-3g...

The benchmarks the OP linked to are much lower than this. His hardware is a bit older than that which was used in this test, but not old enough to explain such a dramatic difference. There seems to be something wrong.
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June 26, 2014 9:57:43 PM

You could always use another PC to make the same benchmark. Just take it off and put to another PC. However make it sure the PC has at least following specs for a healthy comparison:

DDR3 4.0 GB 1600 MHz RAM
Intel i5/i7 3rd/4th Generation
Intel Z77 / Z87 / Z97 or H77 / H87 / H97 Chipset.

I am 99% sure that your other parts are making SSD work less than expected. Also, in bottleneck situations, it will be different with every rig. Lets say we duplicate your rig and put the same SSD inside. One could get X read and Y write but other could get X-10MB read / Y-20 MB write. You cannot have a certain amount of bottlenecking.
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June 27, 2014 12:02:32 AM

Ok thanks for all the help an suggestions. I've planned on upgrading my Mobo/CPU for some time now, but it'll have to wait. Time to start a Money jar to save up some $$$. This mobo/cpu have served me well over the past 5 years.
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June 27, 2014 6:56:11 AM

fpsmoto said:
Ok thanks for all the help an suggestions. I've planned on upgrading my Mobo/CPU for some time now, but it'll have to wait. Time to start a Money jar to save up some $$$. This mobo/cpu have served me well over the past 5 years.


That would work. Go for Intel Z97 Chipset, it will support 5th Generation. Also if you could choose my answer as solution I would be so glad :D 
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June 27, 2014 8:29:48 AM

fpsmoto said:
Ok thanks for all the help an suggestions. I've planned on upgrading my Mobo/CPU for some time now, but it'll have to wait. Time to start a Money jar to save up some $$$. This mobo/cpu have served me well over the past 5 years.

You have certainly gotten your money's worth out of this system and upgrading is a good idea.

However, with regards to your original problem, here are benchmarks of an SSD on the same motherboard and similar CPU that you have: http://ntsblog.homedev.com.au/index.php/2012/01/11/sata...

The person in these benchmarks is seeing 260Mb/s sequential performance. You are seeing 100Mb/s. There is something wrong that you could probably fix while saving up for your new system.
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