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Low X25-E Performance

Last response: in Storage
April 24, 2009 7:05:33 PM

Just got a X25-E and my read performance is only 130 MB/s tested both by HD tach and HDtune, tried with Win7 and Vista, all drivers installed

My windows 7 hard drive score was a 7.6

My boot times seem slow, not much faster then my old 7200rpm seagate

Dell XPSM1530
4GB DDR2 667
Core 2 T9300
Intel (Kingston Branded) X25-E 32GB

I saw some tweaks on OCZ forums that i tried, disabling indexing, prefetch, superfetch and a few other things

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a b G Storage
April 24, 2009 8:07:10 PM

Is there an option in the BIOS to change the SATA interface speed?
Sounds like it might be running at SATA 150 rather than 300.
April 24, 2009 8:09:05 PM

Unfortunetly my BIOS is pretty crippled the only option was to run it in ACHI (spelling?) mode and that is enabled
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April 24, 2009 8:25:58 PM

I bet you board only supports sata 1. Same issue with my ssd in my netbook.
April 24, 2009 8:57:46 PM

daship said:
I bet you board only supports sata 1. Same issue with my ssd in my netbook.

just looked it up, supports SATAII
a c 127 G Storage
April 25, 2009 1:36:17 AM

Could you try the "Files" (filesystem) benchmark of HDTune, or the ATTO benchmark? Does it give different results?
a b G Storage
April 25, 2009 6:04:52 AM

Calling the interface SATAI or SATAII doecn't mean a lot, it could be SATAII (because of the command set it uses) and still only work at 1.5Gig.

Booting from a Linux live CD and looking through the system log file (/var/log/dmesg) will tell you what it (really) supports,

you should get a log entry something like this:
[ 4.799353] ata1: SATA link up 1.5 Gbps (SStatus 113 SControl 300)
April 25, 2009 5:25:06 PM

Supports it? Thats because it will run but only Sata 1 speeds.
April 25, 2009 6:31:59 PM

Its not SATA 1
a c 127 G Storage
April 27, 2009 10:43:08 AM

So, benchmark it properly first.
a b G Storage
April 27, 2009 11:20:55 AM

depends on what you mean by performance - gaming wont see any diference where as general usage (opening apps, day to day tasks) will see a mammoth boost

also with windows start up half of it is PNP initialization and some network etc - take note when the HDD is actually being accessed etc