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February 7, 2011 10:18:50 PM

I've run through my build and gotten everything pretty much set up, but am I doing something wrong that's throttling the SSD performance?

This is my first SSD build, and I've got what I consider pretty high-end hardware, aside from what I believe was in retrospect a poor RAM selection (corsair vengeance 4x4gb 9-9-9-24's. @1.5V DDR3).

My SSD is an OCZ Vertex 2 120GB drive, and amazingly "Primary hard disk" gets the lowest rating in the "Windows Experience Index".

Processor (i7-2600k) : 7.6
ram (above): 7.7
Graphics (evga gtx 580 oc @2560x1600): 7.8
Gaming Graphics (ditto): 7.8
Primary Hard disk: 5.9?!
For reference, the mobo is a P8P67 Deluxe, and the SSD is in the SATA III 6GB Marvell controller port 0 (not even the intel 6gbps ports, and DEFINITELY not the 3gbps port, for obvious reasons).

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February 7, 2011 10:20:21 PM

Interesting, 5.9 is what regular HDDs all cap out at in WEI, im surprised your SSD did, rerun it and see what happens. Even if it doesnt go up, if you are having super fast boot times i wouldnt worry about WEI, its not a real benchmark program and its results can vary quite a bit between runs.
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February 7, 2011 10:22:31 PM

That is strange. I installed the same SSD and received a 7.4 WEI.

Did you install Windows 32 or 64 bit? What exactly is the mobo's northbridge?
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February 7, 2011 10:28:30 PM

Do you ever enter contests with WEI? NO, Does WEI dictate the actual performance? NO (if the boot times are faster than the mechanical one)

Don't sweat it, if your friends make fun of you just show them a 3DMark score
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February 7, 2011 10:28:56 PM

I need to grab my copy of 3DMark and run the HDD marks later tonight I guess. I still have to go through the recommended SSD guide on the drive forum; maybe that will make a difference.

First, rerunning the test resulted in a 7.7... this means that most likely some background process was eating up the disk pipe I guess. Now I feel silly!

Also, Windows 7 x64. No need to play around in 32-bit anymore, especially when running VM's with Visual Studio and SQL.

The northbridge is the new P67 northbridge.
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February 7, 2011 10:31:05 PM

Good now you can boast to your friends my 500gb f3 caps at 5.9 :( 
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February 7, 2011 10:32:30 PM

joelmartinez said:
Do you ever enter contests with WEI? NO, Does WEI dictate the actual performance? NO (if the boot times are faster than the mechanical one)

Don't sweat it, if your friends make fun of you just show them a 3DMark score


I definitely agree here -- it was more as a first "gut-check" for perf. I've only run the 3DMark 11 graphics tests so far.

E: E9462 : http://3dmark.com/3dm11/588023
P: P6095 : http://3dmark.com/3dm11/588123
X: X1998 : http://3dmark.com/3dm11/587964
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February 7, 2011 10:33:14 PM

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February 7, 2011 10:34:29 PM

A shame I didn't have a local version of PC Mark Vantage downloaded. This new machine setup is making me fearful of the 250gb comcast cap. Between the MSDN ISOs, steam and various benching tools, frameworks, etc., this is going to be a heavy download month.
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February 7, 2011 10:36:16 PM

You could call them to see if they'll wave it for you
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