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SSD benchmark better with OS installed?

  1. #11


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    Ill swap the secondary in the morn. Ill have to move a HDD as I have no ports left .
    You mean everthing is occupied? All 6 Intel ports and all 4 ASMedia ports?. If so, I'm not sure I made such a great suggestion. In fact, it might make it slower depending on what's located where? It might be a better idea to tell me what is running on all 10 SATA ports before you go through the trouble of moving everything around...
    Last edited by my2cents; 26 Feb 2014 at 17:19.

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  2. #12


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    hmm it says EXT0BB0Q is the firmware online, magician says EXT0BB6Q and that its the latest?
    Maybe a typo? I wouldn't pursue it any further because it sounds like you are on the latest IMHO.
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  3. #13


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    I agree, don't mess with the Magician (lol)

    As for the ports, yeah, I have a vast array of HDD that are occupying all the ports. They shall go to Drive heaven after my wife gets over my upgrade at which point I can grab some fast 3tb drives to replace all the 500gb slow ones that I've had for ... forever

    It would be no problem to disconnect one from the ASMedia and try the SSD in it. Takes 1 min. I shall do it in an hour, currently having to finish some work. Although one would only assume that with one SSD on an intel 6Gb/s port, an identical drive on another 6Gb/s port would perform the same, if not better being that its basically empty.

    Ill get on it.
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  4. #14


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    Although one would only assume that with one SSD on an intel 6Gb/s port, an identical drive on another 6Gb/s port would perform the same
    Not necessarily so because all drives on the same controller are in a shared arrangement. So, your Intel controller must respond to all 6 drive activities and the same goes for your Asmedia contoller as well. Another difference is when you run the benchmark on the OS drive, only one drive is involved; however, when you run the benchmak on your data drive, two drives are involved (eg, the benchmark software on the OS drive is addressing the data drive). My feeling is/was, if they are both on a shared (busy) controller, that might have an effect on your benchmarking scores; however, if the data drive were moved to a less busy controller, it might improve your benchmarks.

    I'm also concerned that you may have to make BIOS configuration changes when attempting to do this test because every port is full so that's why I said I might have made a mistake in suggesting this test because I definitely did not think you were using all 10 SATA ports. In summary, you might be better off to just leave it "as-is" because your benchmarks are already meeting the manufacturer's throughput on the data drive as well (I think). Also, I don't believe any improvement (if realized) will translate into anything you can realize (eg, notice) in your normal daily operations.
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  5. #15


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    Further research reveals the benchmarking of your SSD model may produce varying results for specific reasons unknown at this time.

    Read this article:
    Samsung SSD Benchmarks [Solved] - Samsung SSD - Storage

    Look at the significant differences noted in the Passmark Benchmarking results posted today for your SSD:

    Click image for larger version

    Note that the top score shows that particular SSD benchmarking 4+ times faster than the rest.

    In summary, I think it might best best to do nothing at this point based on the article and the inconsistent benchmarks.


    Good luck with your decision.

    my2cents
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  6. #16


    I doubt you can see that performance drop by naked eye. Tests are not very reliable either because different type of SSD controllers handle compressible and un compressible files differently. Overall performance drop in everyday work, can be hampered by too many slow HDDs installed, noticed specially while searching and copying / moving files or when data for programs installed on SSD is placed somewhere else on the HDDs.
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  7. #17


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    @CountMike: Thank for chiming in on this issue!
    @antspants: I have more information on why that one drive (in the previous image) appears to be 4x faster than the rest:

    It has been reported that some benchmarking programs are unable to handle the proper benckmarking of the Samsung 840 series. This was originally reported by Passmark and has since been fixed with their latest benchmarking software release of 8.0.1030. Any earlier version could produce bogus/inflated test scores as shown in the image previously provided. Anyone interested in benchmarking their own Samsung 840 can download their latest (corrected) version here:

    PassMark Performance Test download page

    It has a 30 day full trial period so that should give one enough time to do a proper analysis,
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  8. #18


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    The Samsung Magician Software (stock software with drives) benchmark of Non OS drive (As we talked about)
    In an Intel Z87 and then in an ASMedia controller

    Click image for larger version

    As for the bogas results, thanks guys, I'll have a read and try the latest Passmark out of interest. And get back here.
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  9. #19


    Just don't test it to death, during speed tests a lot of writing is going on.
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  10. #20


    Gold Coast (Australia)
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    Yeah agreed, thanks Count. Ive only benchmarked as many times as the images ive shown. Thanks for the concern


    EDIT
    Holy crap, passmark is way over my head.
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