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    Default First SSD drive question

    Is there any specific settings I should be aware of? my pc is mainly a gaming rig.... Ive heard of a couple tweaks but im not sure....
    is there a specific brand i should go with>??
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    I've got a Corsair F60, good bang for the buck.
    If you look around the net there are some good guides out there.
    Briefly this is how I'm setup;
    ACHI mode
    OS on SSD, Program files etc on platter drive. Depends on size of SSD, requires clean Windows install.
    No page file or move it to a platter drive.
    disabled: indexing, superfetch, write caching, prefetch, defrag, hibernate. (read times are fast on SSD)
    There are lots of options, YMMV.
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    Default Re: First SSD drive question

    I'd suggest a Crucial C300 or C400 when they come out in a few weeks.

    Tweaks are up to you, many that you might find are not needed anymore and are meant more for the much older SSD's that needed tweaking to run smoothly.

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    Default Re: First SSD drive question

    Did you by chance look at the review posted here this week on the 120GB Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD? This thing is the new speed king on the block. Great review done by TT, impressed me enough to cough up the cash and its in the mail now.
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    Windows 7 does most of the work for you. Putting your OS on the SSD will get you great performance increases; if you have room, put games and apps on there as well. Microsoft also recommends putting your swapfile on an SSD if available.
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    Default Re: First SSD drive question

    Quote Originally Posted by ABalthazor View Post
    Windows 7 does most of the work for you. Putting your OS on the SSD will get you great performance increases; if you have room, put games and apps on there as well. Microsoft also recommends putting your swapfile on an SSD if available.
    Right. After I read MS recommendations I re-enabled the swap file. Apparently Win 7 will also setup Trim if the SSD supports it, as well as most of what I did by hand.
    There is a good article at MS about this, but I can't find the link right now.
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    Here you go; the article I believe we have both read.
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    Yes! That's it.
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    Microsoft will recommend that the swap file be on the SSD for performance reasons. However, the performance advantage will be small to none. If your system is making heavy use of the swap file, and is being used for anything other than swapping out unneeded data, and seamlessly swapping it back in, then you need a RAM upgrade.

    The two main reasons that you should place your swap file on a standard HDD are space considerations and to cut undue flash block usage. On a 60GB drive, having several GB taken up by a page file is a considerable percentage of total capacity. Swap file reads and writes will also add to general wear of the drive. While this may not have a dramatic impact, due to the limited performance improvement of using SSD's for swap space, it's a good idea to consider if the small to zero benefit will be worth the definite and quantifiable increase in writes to the drive.


    Moving the swap file, temporary internet files and Windows temp files to the storage HDD won't impact upon performance, and on systems with smaller SSD's will free up precious free space.
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