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How to get the most out of my SSD

I ordered an OCZ vertex 3 recently. I'm suppose to be getting these speeds...

Performance
Sustained Sequential Read
up to 500 MB/s (SATA 6Gbps)
up to 280 MB/s (SATA 3Gbps)
Sustained Sequential Write
up to 450 MB/s (SATA 6Gbps)
up to 260 MB/s (SATA 3Gbps)

It doesn't seem that I am though. I read somewhere that I was suppose to turn AHCI mode on. Was that suppose to be done before windows was installed or can it be changed now that windows is installed?

My Seq read/write is 179/114...

My mobo doesn't support 6gb/s so I purchased a card for it (I think).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115099

Can someone tell me whats going on?
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  2. AHCI is suppose to be enabled before you install Windows 7 but you can switch it after the fact by using the information in this article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976

    Here is an article showing the benefits of tweaks: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-performance-tweak,2911.html

    As for performance, you might be seeing a limitation of the SATA III PCIe controller card, as the low end add on cards don't necessary provide the best performance, unfortunately
  3. I assume I'm not suppose to install anything for this 6gb/s card I installed, right? I guess I'll reformat my computer again. Anything else I should do besides make sure AHCI mode is on?
  4. You will want to install the latest Intel RST driver for your motherboard, depending on if an Intel motherboard, as well. Otherwise, make sure to install latest AMD drivers
  5. Where would I find RST drivers for an x58 extreme asrock intel mobo? I checked the website under downloads, and didn't see them. o.O
  6. Thanks. Will this do any good for me now? or do I need to reload windows for this to do anything?
  7. No, you just have to install the driver you downloaded. :)
  8. Alright, I'm about to reformat this comp again in order to set this SSD up correctly. What is my list of things to do before and after the reformat. Settings and downloads at such. Has it all been mentioned here already?
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