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April 12, 2011 8:48:40 PM

So I just recently bought a new WD Caviar Black 1TB and I seem to be getting lower Frames in games. Here is the benchmark, does it look correct because I am getting a really low minimum transfer rate.

Here is a benchmark screenshot: http://s1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff493/royalredface/...

My system spec.
-Phenom II x4 945
-ATI 4870 1gb
-4gb G skill Pi ram
-Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
-WD 1TB HD
-Mobo SATA II but was told SATA III is backwards compatible
April 12, 2011 10:20:05 PM

dennis555 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=22-136-533&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo So I just recently bought a new WD Caviar Black 1TB and I seem to be getting lower Frames in games. Here is the benchmark, does it look correct because I am getting a really low minimum transfer rate.

Here is a benchmark screenshot: http://s1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff493/royalredface/...

My system spec.
-Phenom II x4 945
-ATI 4870 1gb
-4gb G skill Pi ram
-Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
-WD 1TB HD
-Mobo SATA II but was told SATA III is backwards compatible


From what you have provided, it looks like the drive has abnormally high access times, which is evidenced by the very low min (2.1 MB/s)

What specific motherboard are you using? Also have you tried putting the drive in another machine and retested?


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April 12, 2011 11:28:59 PM

slipdisc said:
From what you have provided, it looks like the drive has abnormally high access times, which is evidenced by the very low min (2.1 MB/s)

What specific motherboard are you using? Also have you tried putting the drive in another machine and retested?


Motherboard is a Biostar TA790GX A2+ and it seems as though i get varying numbers for my hard drive benchmarks but can be sure that my overal FPS in games have dropped. I would have thought that the Cheapo 500GB Seagate that just died out on me would be slower than my new WD Caviar Black 1TB. I did have to format this new drive but made sure all the drivers were correct so I can only assume that I have an unstable hard drive since it's the newest part.

Here's another HD Tune Benchmark http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff493/royalredface/...
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April 14, 2011 11:31:08 AM

dennis555 said:
Motherboard is a Biostar TA790GX A2+ and it seems as though i get varying numbers for my hard drive benchmarks but can be sure that my overal FPS in games have dropped. I would have thought that the Cheapo 500GB Seagate that just died out on me would be slower than my new WD Caviar Black 1TB. I did have to format this new drive but made sure all the drivers were correct so I can only assume that I have an unstable hard drive since it's the newest part.

Here's another HD Tune Benchmark http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff493/royalredface/...



This screen is closer to the capabilities of the disk. Try the following : Update Bios, Install Lastest Intel ICHR Sata Drivers and enable AHCI mode in bios for SATA ports.
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April 14, 2011 7:59:29 PM

darkling said:
This screen is closer to the capabilities of the disk. Try the following : Update Bios, Install Lastest Intel ICHR Sata Drivers and enable AHCI mode in bios for SATA ports.


Well I have AMD but I guess it should be the same from them.
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April 14, 2011 9:06:07 PM

dennis555 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=22-136-533&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo So I just recently bought a new WD Caviar Black 1TB and I seem to be getting lower Frames in games. Here is the benchmark, does it look correct because I am getting a really low minimum transfer rate.

Here is a benchmark screenshot: http://s1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff493/royalredface/...

My system spec.
-Phenom II x4 945
-ATI 4870 1gb
-4gb G skill Pi ram
-Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
-WD 1TB HD
-Mobo SATA II but was told SATA III is backwards compatible


Yeah it looks really slow, do you have your drive defragmented? Any Firware updates from Western Digital or MainBoard? You Bought the New WD Caviar which is SATA-III 6Gbps and running it on a Serial ATA-II 3Gbps! I would try running some HDD diagnostic software on that HDD from Western Digital! Hope these Q's Help!
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April 15, 2011 3:47:15 AM

GunBladeType-T said:
Yeah it looks really slow, do you have your drive defragmented? Any Firware updates from Western Digital or MainBoard? You Bought the New WD Caviar which is SATA-III 6Gbps and running it on a Serial ATA-II 3Gbps! I would try running some HDD diagnostic software on that HDD from Western Digital! Hope these Q's Help!


I downloaded and used the WD diagnostic tool and it told me that there were no errors. I guess I'll try and look for software updates. I did however do another HD tune benchmark and it sucks that it dips down to 12mb/s. All I want is for it to be stable in games like it was with my seagate 500 gb.
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April 15, 2011 4:06:52 AM

dennis555 said:
I downloaded and used the WD diagnostic tool and it told me that there were no errors. I guess I'll try and look for software updates. I did however do another HD tune benchmark and it sucks that it dips down to 12mb/s. All I want is for it to be stable in games like it was with my seagate 500 gb.


I Would try a different serial port on your mainboard, and see how it works! You can try removing mainboard drivers, and reinstalling latest drivers also! Would call tech support and see what they say as a last resort, tell them what you tried and see what other solutions they have, only thing I can think of is a lower level format of the drive, and Only the manufacturer has that not FDISK, meaning firmware needs to be flashed!
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April 15, 2011 6:32:23 AM

Change SATA Port and Sata Cable
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April 15, 2011 6:35:13 AM

dennis555 said:
Well I have AMD but I guess it should be the same from them.


Connect the drive to the Intel ports of the motherboard (they will have different color). Run the ports in AHCI mode in bios and then install the latest Intel Raid Storage drivers.
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April 16, 2011 10:54:48 PM

Well, I'll have to thank everyone for their time. I've done a quick re-format of the drive and it is running super fast. I didn't download HD Tune yet so I can't give a performance benchmark yet but I am getting high FPS in games.
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April 24, 2011 11:23:04 PM

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