I just bought this ssd, installed the latest firmware, and I am not sure what I should do from here. I have read some reviews and they talk about benchmarking it, running TRIM, etc. Well, after searching the internet like crazy for some kind of guide on how to get ssd's to run at their best. All I end up finding are either explanations of the technology or just uninformative reviews. How do I optimize the ssd? TRIM?...How do I do this?
Just go ahead and install Windows 7 on it like it was an ordinary, plain-Jane hard drive and you'll be set. Windows 7 understands SSDs and it will automatically use TRIM when necessary and disable the unnecessary stuff like degfragging, etc.
My Intel SSD was running 16% slower on the Passmark benchmark summary for my drive model. I finally figred out that I had to set the AHCI option in my BIOS. It now performs about 40% above the Passmark average. Here is the site, and the benchmark tool download is free to get started:
I already installed Windows 7 and the latest firmware on the ssd. I downloaded that intel toolbox and just ran the optimizer, and will do so once a week like you said. Now I will be running that benchmarking tool you recommended to me. Wow I didn't know windows 7 automatically did TRIM COOL! THANKS EVERY ONE, YOUR SO HELPFUL!
Oh wait I forgot, I also will be checking the bios to enable AHCI. Thanks again everyone!