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intel 320 600gb on macbookpro 2011 with bootcamp win 7 64 - too slow on win?

Here are two screenshots of the as ssd benchmark test, one in MBs and the same in Iops:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/35370420/as-ssd-bench%20INTEL%20SSDSA2CW60%207.25.2011%205-34-48%20PM.png http://dl.dropbox.com/u/35370420/as-ssd-bench%20INTEL%20SSDSA2CW60%207.25.2011%205-34-48%20PM.png

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/35370420/as-ssd-bench%20INTEL%20SSDSA2CW60%207.25.2011%205-35-26%20PM.png http://dl.dropbox.com/u/35370420/as-ssd-bench%20INTEL%20SSDSA2CW60%207.25.2011%205-35-26%20PM.png

The tests have been run on the Windows 7 64 bootcamp partition (I booted the computer on Windows so it run natively). I hacked it to run in AHCI mode under bootcamp based on the instructions here:

http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?87950-Enabling-AHCI-for-Windows-on-MBP-2011-n... http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?87950-Enabling-AHCI-for-Windows-on-MBP-2011-n...

I also installed the Intel RST driver.

Based on what on other results that I've seen on the internet the results for the 4k test show that the drive is not as fast as it should be.

I think I've set all the possible optimizer flags, I run the ssd tweaker, I disabled the system restore and decreased the size of the paging file.

Everything in the intel SSD toolbox looks fine, the optimizer runs in just a couple of seconds.

I kind of run out of ideas.

Intel has a firmware driver here http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18363 http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18363 but mine is 4PC10302. I assumed that this is more recent than the one on this link.

I had before a Seagate Momentus XT and this SSD doesn't feel that much faster than the momentus xt, at least not proportionally with the price (far from it). I feel I've been cheated.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Are you able to run the Intel SSD Toolbox to optimize the drive?

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Yes, I am able to run it and I did run it multiple times.

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Below is the drive information from the intel ssd toolbox.

I also found other test results here (the 300gb version): http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews/intel-320-series-300gb-sata-ii-ssd-review-as-ssd-and-pc-mark-van... http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews/intel-320-series-300gb-sata-ii-ssd-review-as-ssd-and-pc-mark-van... and here: http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=29974&page=5 http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=29974&page=5. Please note that the 4k read/write is almost double than mine.

I am not too sure what it is. Is it because I am running it in bootcamp? Is there anybody here that runs an intel 320 on bootcamp windows 7 ?

I am just curious, is this forum moderated by intel engineers? Should I call their support?

'Word', 'Description', 'Hex Value',

 

0, General Configuration, 0040,

 

, Bit 15 - ATA Device Identifier, 0,

 

, Bit 14:8 - Retired, 00,

 

, Bit 7:6 - Obsolete, 1,

 

, Bit 5:3 - Retired, 0,

 

, Bit 2 - Response Incomplete, 0,

 

, Bit 1 - Retired, 0,

 

, Bit 0 - Reserved, 0,

 

1, Obsolete, 3FFF,

 

2, Specific Configuration, C837,

 

3, Obsolete, 0010,

 

4, Retired, 0000,

 

5, Retired, 0000,

 

6, Obsolete, 003F,

 

7-8, Reserved, 00000000,

 

9, Retired, 0000,

 

10-19, Serial Number, CVPR12010182600FGN,

 

20-21, Reserved, 00000000,

 

22, Obsolete, 0000,

 

23-26, Firmware Version, 4PC10302,

 

27-46, Model Number, INTEL SSDSA2CW600G3,

 

47, READ/WRITE MULTIPLE Support, 8010,

 

, Bit 15:8, 80,

 

, Bit 7:0 - Maximum Sectors, 10,

 

48, Trusted Computing Feature Set Options, 0000,

 

, Bit 15 - Must be set to 0, 0,

 

, Bit 14 - Must be set to 1, 0,

 

, Bit 13:1 - Reserved, 0,

 

, Bit 0 - Trusted Computing Feature Set Supported, 0,

 

49, Capabilities, 2F00,

 

, Bit 15:14 - Reserved, 0,

 

, Bit 13 - Standby Timer Option, 1,

 

, Bit 12 - Reserved, 0,

 

, Bit 11 - IORDY Supported, 1,

 

, Bit 10 - IORDY May Be Disabled, 1,

 

, Bit 9 - LBA Supported, 1,

 

, Bit 8 - DMA Supported, 1,

 

, Bit 7:0 - Retired, 00,

 

50, Capabilities, 4000,

 

, Bit 15 - Must be set to 0, 0,

 

, Bit 14 - Must be set to 1, 1,

 

, Bit 13:2 - Reserved, 0000,

 

, Bit 1 - Obsolete, 0,

 

, Bit 0 - Vendor Specific Minimum Standby timer, 0,

 

51-52, Obsolete, 00000000,

 

53, Field Validity, 0007,

 

, Bit 15:8 - Vendor Recommended Free-Fall Control Sensitivity, 00,

 

, Bit 7:3 - Reserved, 00,

 

, Bit 2 - Word 88 is Valid, 1,

 

, Bit 1 - Words 70:64 are Valid, 1,

 

, Bit 0 - Obsolete, 1,

 

54-58, Obsolete, 3FFF0010003FFC10 00FB,

 

60-61, Total Number of user addressable sectors, 0FFFFFFF,

 

62, Obsolete, 0000,

 

63, Multiword DMA Transfer, 0007,

 

, Bit 15:11 - Reserved, 00,

 

, Bit 10 - Multiword DMA Mode 2 Selected, 0,

 

, Bit 9 - Multiword DMA Mode 1 Selected, 0,

 

, Bit 8 - Multiword DMA Mode 0 Selected, 0,

 

, Bit 7:3 - Reserved, 00,

 

, Bit 2 - Multiword DMA Mode 2 Supported, 1,

 

, Bit 1 - Multiword DMA Mode 1 Supported, 1,

 

, Bit 0 - Multiword DMA Mode 0 Supported, 1,

 

64, PIO Transfer Modes Supported, 0003,

 

, Bit 15:2 - Reserved, 0000,

 

, Bit 1 - PIO Mode 4 Supported, 1,

 

, Bit 0 - PIO Mode 3 Supported, 1,

 

65, Minimum Multiword DMA Transfer Cycle Time Per Word (ns), 0078,

 

66, Device Recommended Multiword DMA Cycle Time (ns), 0078,

 

67, Minimum PIO Transfer Cycle Time Without IORDY Flow Control (ns), 0078,

 

68, Minimum PIO Transfer Cycle Time With IORDY Flow Control (ns), 0078,

 

69-74, Reserved, 4020000000000000 00000000,

 

75, Maximum Queue Depth - 1, 001F,

 

76, Serial ATA Capabilities, 0506,

 

, Bit 15:13 - Reserved, 0,

 

, Bit 12 - Native Command Queuing Priority Information Support, 0,

 

, Bit 11 - Unload While NCQ Commands Outstanding Support, 0,

 

, Bit 10 - Phy Event Counters Support, 1,

 

, Bit 9 - Receipt of Host-Initiated Interface Power Managament Requests Support, 0,

 

, Bit 8 - Native Command Queuing Support, 1,

 

, Bit 7:3 - Reserved, 00,

 

, Bit 2 - Serial ATA Gen2 Signaling Speed (3.0 Gbps) Support, 1,

 

, Bit 1 - Serial ATA Gen1 Signaling Speed (1.5 Gbps) Support, 1,

 

, Bit 0, 0,

 

77, Reserved for Serial ATA, 0000,

 

78, Serial ATA Features Supported, 0048,

 

, Bit 15:7 - Reserved, 0000,

 

, Bit 6 - Software Settings Preservation Supported, 1,

 

, Bit 5 - Reserved, 0,

 

, Bit 4 - In-Order Data Delivery Supported, 0,

 

, Bit 3 - Device Initiating Interface Power Management (DIPM) Supported, 1,

 

, Bit 2 - DMA Setup Auto-Activate Optimization Supported, 0,

 

, Bit 1 - Non-Zero Buffer Offsets in DMA Setup FIS Supported, 0,

 

, Bit 0 - Must be set to 0, 0,

 

79, Serial ATA Features Enabled, 0048,

 

, Bit 15:7 - Reserved, 0000,

 

, Bit 6 - SSP Enabled, 1,

 

, Bit 5 - Reserved, 0,

 

, Bit 4 - In-Order Data Delivery Enabled, 0,

 

, Bit 3 - Device Initiating Interface Power Manage...
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