Windows 7 HD and SSD Performance Analyzed - HotHardware

Windows 7 HD and SSD Performance Analyzed

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Windows 7 is undoubtedly the most exciting new operating system to come out of Microsoft within the past decade--and with good reason. The user interface is superb, gone are many of the oddball Vista quirks, and the operating system is light and snappy, marking a massive 180 degree shift away from the heaviness and bloat of Vista. Despite the fact that it's based on many of the same core Vista elements, Windows 7 is a different beast, and should be looked at in a fresh new light.



Windows 7 RC gets ready to take on a a pile of really fast drives.

As with any new operating system release, there are a lot of questions with regards to how it will perform on various hardware configurations--one of the more interesting ones being related to disk performance. One of Windows Vista's cardinal sins, in our opinion, was that the operating system was constantly thrashing the system's hard disk. Whether it was trying to do some sort of smart caching or indexing files for searching, it never felt like the operating system would settle down.  The disk was always active and performing reads or writes, which meant that whenever you had to actually run a program, you had to fight for disk resources.

This was noticed fairly early on, by large swaths of users, who complained about slow disk performance. Microsoft would eventually release an update to their disk caching algorithms embedded within Windows Vista Service Pack 1, which dramatically helped performance and snappiness of the operating system. However, the problem never felt completely resolved, and in the minds of most users, the damage was done. Windows Vista was, and still is, perceived as a slow operating system in the minds of most power users. One of the first things which most notice about Windows 7 is how "light" the operating system feels. It's quick to load up, it does not spend much time thrashing the hard disk once you're inside the interface, and your hard drive quickly settles down and lets you start working. It feels quicker, due to this fact, and as such, the entire computing experience on Windows 7 is much more enjoyable. All users, from those who use low-end netbooks to high-end workstations, will immediately benefit from Microsoft's new, more lightweight disk usage algorithms.

Today we're going to look at how various types of disks perform under Windows 7, both of the traditional platter based variety and new solid state disks. We're not only curious about how disk performance changes between the operating systems, but if Windows 7's new solid-state specific optimizations and tuning give you even greater performance compared to Vista.
 

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That's great, I upgraded my system with 2gb Kingston RAM 800 MHz. I think that's why I can't see that much performance boost like you guys.

I've got ATI 200 Series motherboard, what do you think, which ram should I upgrade to?

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Or you, you know, the Super Talent a slow drive. (Sorry, but I'm pretty sure it is.)

The problem with the Super Talent (and all the others save the two exceptions) is with their controllers and random access times.  The throughput numbers that look so impressive in the advertising don't mean a hill of beans when you need to read 850 50k ones to display a screen.

The short message from a great review I read right before I ordered mine was basically everything he tested was completely unacceptable for daily use as a primary drive except OCZ's Vertex and anything Intel made - his suggestion was the OCZ and I'm glad I followed it. (I think OCZ has an even better one now...)

Office 2007 load time (it was the first time so it had to load the product activation wizard too): Umm, maybe 1/2 a second (max)

 

I LOVE this drive!

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A newer SATA 2 controller using the factory (vs Windows) drivers for it is also a recommendation for max speed (OCZ's documentation).

I'm pretty sure it's impractical to add Trim while saving your data. (Trim is important)

AND - at least with the OCZ drives, be warned: Upgrading the firmware is a pain if all you have with a newer SATA 2 controller is a laptop.  It has to be done on port 0, 1, or 2 (no ESATA) and if you only have one port (it's a laptop after all) you'll need to boot (into WINDOWS ONLY) from a CD or USB device.

I used a CD utility called "Ultimate Boot CD for Windows" - you'll need a copy of XP to use it (it's software that builds the CD for you and not a Windows boot CD you can download)

Having said that, from everything I have read and experienced OCZ is a wonderful company that I plan on doing a lot of business with in the future.  As soon as the Win7 public beta really got started I have an upgrade/update that supports Trim before Intel on a drive that is just as fast and 1/2 the price.

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My super-talent 128Gb SSD is fast. CrystalDriveInfo reports TRIM in use. The whole computer runs like greased lightning.  I'm not a gamer but I hate waiting!  

Intel DG45ID motherboard, 8Gb DDR2 two channel PC6400 RAM, 3.0GHz Intel quad processor, Super-Talent FTM28GX25H SSD, GeForce 9500 1Gb video card, 64 bit Windows 7 Ultimate.

I love the drive,  love this home built computer, and love Windows 7.  its incredible.

RJB

 

 

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Windows 7 is amazingly fast, and even more so on a Solid state drive (SSD). For a direct comparison between SSD and HDD you can check out the following link:

SSD vs HDD

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bchanman11:

tiny_mce_markertiny_mce_markertiny_mce_markerWindows 7 is amazingly fast, and even more so on a Solid state drive (SSD). For a direct comparison between SSD and HDD you can check out the following link:

SSD vs HDD

A lot of the information in that link is inaccurate and dated.

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