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    HDD to SSHD comparison

    As I posted in my previous thread, I had some restart times from a couple of months back that stemmed from Fred Langa's "Maintenance Challenge" articles in the Newsletter, which were done with regular HDD's in my box. I ran some more using the same batch files with the SSHD upgrades.

    HDD --- Average Windows 7 restart 1:26.5 -- Average Windows 8.1 restart 1:37.0
    SSHD - Average Windows 7 restart 0:50.2 -- Average Windows 8.1 restart 0:55.9

    ---- Windows 7 is 36.3 seconds faster, Windows 8.1 is 41.1 seconds faster.


    Windows 7 is quicker than 8.1 in both cases because it's split up on two drives, while Windows 8.1 is still on a single drive (which I'm going to change soon). But the SSHD's narrow that gap from 10.5 seconds to 5.7 seconds.
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    Bruce, it would be more useful if the hybrid drives sped up normal operation than improving boot times. Most of us only boot once a day or less so 36 seconds is no big deal. Does normal operation feel quicker?

    Jerry

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    Nice work, Bruce (on the the other thread too). I also would be interested in knowing how the hybrids perform on normal Windows use.
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    Jerry and Rui, I used boot times because those were the real numbers I had available that I could put up quickly. I normally don't shut the desktop down at all. It's only been a couple of days, and I've been doing a lot of piddlin' with other stuff in the box; I put an adapter in the mSATA slot to convert it to SATA III, and got a fifth 1TB drive in today.

    I had a lot of non-boots in the interim. I decided to start with the simple, and proceed to the complex. Unplugged everything except the Windows 8.1 drive, and it booted up. Added the drives back one at a time by shutting down and rebooting, then just the adapter with no drive. The adapter has its own hardware driver in firmware that loads in UEFI/BIOS (I found out), and it wouldn't load with its SATA port occupied. Once the motherboard got that recognized and loaded, THEN I could attach a drive to it; it's got my optical drive, and the 5 SATA ports all have 1TB drives, with the SSHD's on port 0 and port 1.

    Now that I have everything settled in, I'll be more normal in what I'm doing with the machine, and the 8GB caches will have a chance to start doing their thing. Throughout all this I've been using Excel quite a bit, and it pops onto the screen, as does Internet Explorer. The system does feel a bit snappier, but I'll know more after a couple of days of my routine. I like what I'm seeing so far, though.
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    Thanks for the update Bruce. Enjoy your new toys....

    Jerry

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    Hey Bruce,

    Thanks for all the useful information. I think you PLAY with windows more than anyone I know! Great job.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    Bruce, it would be more useful if the hybrid drives sped up normal operation than improving boot times. Most of us only boot once a day or less so 36 seconds is no big deal. Does normal operation feel quicker?

    Jerry
    Update:

    After 3 or so days of "normal" use leaving the desktop on 24/7—I just sign out—so Task Scheduler can do its thing, it is definitely quicker. I use Office quite a bit, and both Word and Excel snap onto the screen. The splash screen for each is more like a flashbulb; it's only there for a fraction of a second. The most noticeable is Outlook. It used to throw the splash screen and quickly list the different segments as they loaded. Now it's just another splash screen, on for a fraction of a second, then Outlook is there, checking my email accounts.

    For me, it is a quite noticeable improvement in performance.
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    Wonderful Bruce. Thanks for the update.

    I just installed a 256 gig Kingston SSD as my OS drive for my Windows 10 TP and it just flies as well. For $80, I couldn't pass it up. Sounds like you're getting close to SSD speeds as well.

    Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    ...Does normal operation feel quicker?...
    I noticed much improved speed in normal operation after I installed the SSD. Large programs (IE11, Word 2007, etc.) open immediately.

    Overall I think the speed increase has been about 30%.
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