Windows 7 HD and SSD Performance Analyzed - HotHardware

Windows 7 HD and SSD Performance Analyzed

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Windows Vista vs. Windows 7 - Solid State Disk


Intel X25-M 160 GB (MLC Solid State, SATA-II)

Our second test features performance numbers between Windows Vista and Windows 7 with something a little faster, a new solid state hard drive from Intel. The solid state hard drive which we're looking at here is Intel's "consumer-level" X25-M drive, which features 160 GB capacity and read speeds of over 200 MB/s. This is roughly two to three times the bandwidth of a traditional SATA based hard disk today, so it will be a good showcase of if Windows 7's SSD support is improved.



As you can see, Windows 7 is much more efficient when it comes to making use of a solid state drive's speed. While under Windows Vista, our X25-M SSD averaged between 171 MB/s to 206 MB's, whereas under Windows 7, that jumps to 223 MB/s to 234 MB/s. Simply swapping out Vista to Windows 7 allows for a sizable performance increase in read performance. Write performance does not showcase a large jump, although write burst transfer rates do show an improvement under Windows 7 as well. Impressive indeed, but this isn't all Windows 7 has to show in the SSD department, there is also an additional variable called TRIM, which you might want to know more about.

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Downloading Windows 7 now :-)

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I want to install my Windows 7, but I'm not sure autocad will work on it...

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you can always run it in compatibility mode. Or if it has that virtual XP up yet?

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I got this crazy feeling you dont wanna run CAD in a VM.

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i'm sure the slow down wouldn't be THAT bad lol....

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Let me ask a really dumb question. If you have a SSD setup and the manufacturer releases an updated firmware version for the drive, do you have to reformat the entire drive and reinstall windows? Or can you update the firmware on the drive from within windows?

Sorry for being dumb, I had planned on contacting one of the manufacturers but thought I'd ask you guys first.

 

Thanks,

 

Philip

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fairlane32:

Let me ask a really dumb question. If you have a SSD setup and the manufacturer releases an updated firmware version for the drive, do you have to reformat the entire drive and reinstall windows? Or can you update the firmware on the drive from within windows?

The only dumb questions, is an unasked one...

To answer you, it depends on the nature of the update. Some maintenance releases do not require blanking the drive, but more comprehensive updates that change drive behavior may require blanking the drive.  It depends.

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Marco C:

fairlane32:

Let me ask a really dumb question. If you have a SSD setup and the manufacturer releases an updated firmware version for the drive, do you have to reformat the entire drive and reinstall windows? Or can you update the firmware on the drive from within windows?

The only dumb questions, is an unasked one...

To answer you, it depends on the nature of the update. Some maintenance releases do not require blanking the drive, but more comprehensive updates that change drive behavior may require blanking the drive.  It depends.

Thanks Marco,

      I agree, no question is dumb, but I never know who is listening Stick out tongue You would think that manufacturers would try to keep from having to reformat the drive, even for major updates, but hopefully they won't happen too often, unless the update really makes the drive perform a lot better, otherwise it would definitely be a pain.

 

Philip

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Great comparo, guys! That pretty-much seals it for Vista, IMO.

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But SP2 just came out. That will make it better...right?

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