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  • Anyone else not notice a difference in hibernation times with a fast SSD?

    I installed a 60G OCZ Summit as my boot drive for my carpc. After some cold weather issues with it, I sold the OCZ Summit and went back to my trusty Seagate EE25 80GB automotive grade drive. Through benchmarks on HD Tune, the SSD was almost 3x faster than the EE25 in read/write and of course the access times were nearly negligible.

    The system was somewhat noticeably faster in bootup and application loading, but that's about it. I really didn't see any speed increase elsewhere. After I switched back to my EE25, I did not notice ANY difference in my hibernation times at all (going into and waking).

    Anyone else notice no practical speed benefits from having an SSD, even though the benchmarks suggest it should be 3x as fast? Or perhaps it is my motherboard that is limiting it?

  • #2
    I was researching whether to go with an SSD drive VS a standard drive and surprisingly found that that read/write speeds for many SSD's were slower than traditional drivers, and unlike traditional drives do not have symmetrical read/write speeds which apparently can trip up some applications. Write times specifically apparently tended to be a lot slower for SATA SSD's.

    The only reason I would go with an SSD at the moment is for the environmental and shock concerns, but after several close to sub-zero temperature days and a few weeks with an hour commute each day to work I haven't had any hiccups with using a standard drive yet.

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    • #3
      you should notice much faster resume from hibernation times with a good SSD. I've got a Vertex 120GB in my laptop and 60GB in my car pc, and resume from hibernation is definitely much faster on both.
      EWF, HORM, MinLogon on XP.

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      OCZ Vertex Turbo 30GB SSD
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      • #4
        There is a big difference between a good SSD and a cheap one. Good SSDs are still very expensive and have a very limited capacity, they also use SLC technology, not the cheaper and slower MLC technology. A SLC will absolutely be faster than a regular HDD in just about every conceivable way, it will also cost you about $700 for 30-60GB SLC SSD

        I see so many people on here wanting to use CF cards, USB drives, and now SSD instead of regular HDDs despite the limited about of space and the (drastically) increased $/GB. There isn't anything wrong with any of those, except I think people the idea in their head that HDDs just won't work in a car environment and they NEED a non-spinning drive.
        /rant
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        • #5
          I have found that it depends on what your original drive was.

          I have just upgraded from a 5400rpm 2.5" notebook drive as my only drive, to running a Patriot Torqx 64gig SSD as my master drive, with the above notebook drive as a secondary storage drive, and the increase in general performance, as well as hibernate has been nothing short of massive.

          Hibernate times have literally slashed in half, it now takes approximately 10 seconds to drop into hibernate, and 20 seconds to come out of hibernate (D945GCLF2 bios is to blame for the longer resume time, takes ages to get through)

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          • #6
            going to a super high-end SLC SSD is not necessary. the good MLC drives are plenty fast for carpc and laptop.
            EWF, HORM, MinLogon on XP.

            Zotac ION Atom N330, 2GB low-profile RAM, M3-ATX
            Win Embedded Std 2011 RC
            OCZ Vertex Turbo 30GB SSD
            Lilliput 629 Transflective, WRX Screen Mount
            BlueSoleil BT, i-Blue GM-2 GPS, DirectedHD Radio, Andrea Mic
            VoomPC 2

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            • #7
              One thing to consider with the SSD drive, is whether you have used the TRIM utility recently....

              If you aren't using EWF or some other form of write protecting, then the drive will slowly degrade in performance, as files that are moved or deleted on the SSD still exist in the memory of the cells, meaning any future write to that location involves a delete command first, slowing things right down.

              Using the TRIM utility will clear any empty locations, and make the drive run back at its full speed again.

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