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Just installed my new 90GB Force 3 and planned to make it my boot drive, giving my M4 second drive duty. Below are the benchmark scores for both drive, and as you can see, the Force 3 seriously lags. Both drives are connected to 6GB SATA3 ports (not Marvell), and the firmware on the Corsair is 1.3 (NOTE: Tried to update to 1.3.2 and it failed, I assume because the drive shipped with the most current f/w?). Drivers are the latest AMD ACHI.

 

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b5/jhansman/SSD%20Benchmarks/M4Crystal.png

M4 -CrystalDiskMark

 

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b5/jhansman/SSD%20Benchmarks/CorsairForce3.png

Force 3 - CrystalDiskMark

 

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M4 - AS SSD

 

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b5/jhansman/SSD%20Benchmarks/as-ssd-benchCorsairForce3101220119-17-33PM.png

Force 3 - AS SSD

 

So, anybody have any idea why this drive performs so poorly? Any ideas how I might get it to perform as others here have? I suppose I can uninstall the AMD drivers in favor of those from MS, but in light of the M4's scores, is it likely that will make any difference? I want to love this drive, but as yet, can't. Thanks for any help you can lend.

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First of all, I hope you didn't purchase a second SSD with the hopes of it making your OS seem faster.

 

Second, the programs you're using to benchmark your SSDs use incompressible data to do so, putting the Force 3 drive at a disadvantage because it has asynchronous NAND. Try testing with ATTO; it should provide a better comparison between the 2 disks.

 

Third, the firmware update available for your Force3 drive doesn't offer anything in terms of performance, and it's only recommended flashing it if you experience problems with it.

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Test it with ATTO. You are also using an AMD chipset which may be slower than an Intel Platform.

 

Will try ATTO, but these two benches produce nearly identical results, so I doubt a third will prove that much different. As for the chipset, nothing I can do about that short of swapping in a new mobo, which ain't gonna happen. Addtionally, the M4 seems to like the AMD chipset and drivers just fine.

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First of all, I hope you didn't purchase a second SSD with the hopes of it making your OS seem faster.

 

Second, the programs you're using to benchmark your SSDs use incompressible data to do so, putting the Force 3 drive at a disadvantage because it has asynchronous NAND. Try testing with ATTO; it should provide a better comparison between the 2 disks.

 

Third, the firmware update available for your Force3 drive doesn't offer anything in terms of performance, and it's only recommended flashing it if you experience problems with it.

 

I bought the Force 3 in hopes of having additional storage in a drive that was on par with the M4 in performance. This remains to be seen.

 

I'll give ATTO a whirl; I failed to note the Force 3 uses asynchronous NAND, so if that is a factor, so be it.

 

I figured the firmware was not a factor, but wasn't sure if the drive had the latest. Tonight I'll move the drive to Port 0 or 1 (it's on 3 now) to see if that matters and run ATTO. Thanks to all who replied.

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OK, well I moved the drive to port 1, ran ATTO on it, and it scored much better with that bench. Scores with the other two are nearly identical to what I got before. After reading this most informative article (http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/08/07/nand_flash_faces_off_synchronous_vs_asynchronous/1 ) I have a better understanding of synchronous vs. asynchronous NAND and the resultant scores of the three benches. Here are the results of ATTO, with the Force 3 above, the M4 below:

 

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b5/jhansman/SSD%20Benchmarks/ATTOCorsair.png

 

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b5/jhansman/SSD%20Benchmarks/ATTOM4-1.png

 

Not sure what to make of all this. The one area the Force 3 was clearly superior in was writes. If the article I linked is to be trusted (any reason not too?), SSD drives using async NAND are poorer real-world performers than those using synchronous NAND. I wish I had done a bit more digging before buying this drive, but there it is.

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None of those tests are representative of real world scenarios. You would never use incompressible data. Perhaps you would write sequential data, in the case of a very large file, of which ATTO would be more representative.

 

Random compression writes 46-64% make the most sense for every day usage. If you can find a utility that tests that then let us know.

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