Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast
I'm still trying to figure out why I'm the only person on the planet not impressed with switching to an SSD. I have tried switching cables, using different ports (including the SATA 2 ports), and checking for new drivers, but I still get a Windows Experience index of 7.4 and a Roadkil speed of about 220 MB/s, which is only slightly faster than the two HDDs I'm using. I have an ASRock H61M/U3S3 Intel Motherboard and an OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" SATA III Solid State Drive (SSD), and I'm pretty sure I followed Assassin's guide as closely for this as I did for the rest of the build.
I reinstalled windows on the new drive (since, of course, making a clone didn't work).
I would assume in your case it's because of the slower PC speeds from the H61 chipset (and I am assuming a basic pentium or celeron cpu) have a certain level of performance so your limited there.
Agility is a slow SSD. One of the slowest. It uses a cheaper version of NAND that writes and reads much slower than most SSD's do. The Vertex series uses the faster NAND and the MAX IOPS series uses the fastest NAND (Toggle)
So- your seeing a very slow SSD compared to a very fast HDD- on a PC that is not very fast.
So your difference is smaller than most people experience with either faster hardware, faster SSDs, and coming from slower HDD's.
I assume most people coming to SSD have a faster SSD and are coming of a slower HDD. I also assume many people might have faster than a h61 chipet.
But I noticed a difference on my Core2 Duo machine with DDR800- so.. while your difference might not be as extreme as many with i5 and i7 with 8GB 1600mhz are seeing... you should still be seeing a good improvement.
You must be a slow thinker/user where you tend to do more things 1 at a time type vs many at once. Doing one thing at a time a HDD does not show much limits. Throw in dual monitors and start doing lots of stuff at the same time and you should see a very big difference in the speed a folder opens, a program opens.. etc...
I have a 120GB OCZ SSD in my HTPC too. I have the faster memory version. Here is a comparison in performance:
You can see there is a significant speed difference. Your SSD has the identical controller and parts as mine other than the NAND chips. Not all SSD's are equal.
But I think almost all of them should be fast enough in a basic HTPC environment so I am surprised you don't feel the speed difference more.
Are you running ACHI mode in your BIOS ? Compare you benchmarks to the ones at Anandtech. If it's not significantly different there is nothing wrong. Perhaps your just not an SSD person.
I am a very heavy power user on my desktop- and on my system the difference is night and day. Right now I am downloading- Streaming the Giants vs Packers NBC NFL game on my second monitor- Surfing AVS while I waiting for MAKEMKV to finish my disc- and also running mediacentermaster on my tv shows library so it updates my metadata on the newest stuff. I do much more than one thing at a time- and a HDD just dies and stalls on me making the experience unbearable.
The harder you work your PC the more you appreciate SSD. You should see a difference in speed. Try living with it a week and then go back. I think you might be surprised.Edited by Mfusick - 11/25/12 at 6:14pm