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    Default Re: Gigabyte X48-DQ6 + Samsung SSD 830?

    I think I read before in this forum that the Windows 7 AHCI drivers perform even better than the intel drivers.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte X48-DQ6 + Samsung SSD 830?

    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    you should be fine,just remember to set to ahci in the bios before you install windows 7

    the samsung 830 is a good ssd for the price
    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    @cool_slowbro,you would be better getting the 256gb samsung if you could,its not much more and uses more memory chips which improves performance on toggle nand ssd's
    Yeah my current HD is already running in AHCI mode without any problems. It's a slow HD (WD GP 5400rpm, completely forgot this was a 5400rpm drive when I removed my other 7200RPM) but there aren't any issues. I was actually thinking about the bigger SSD's but then I'd be putting myself in another price market and comparing even more SSD's in the price pool. :[

    Quote Originally Posted by boondocks View Post
    Yes, you will want to run the update for AHCI. Windows 7 supports AHCI but having the most compatibility from the chipset with updated drivers, etc, can only help, IMO.
    I'm more curious as to what changed in the F8D BIOS in respect to AHCI. If it was something like, oh I dunno say, removing the god damn AHCI scan on every boot then I'd rush and go flash my BIOS now. xD.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte X48-DQ6 + Samsung SSD 830?

    AS SSD benchmark main screen shows that my P35 system is using the msahci driver.
    For optimal performance all disk partitions (ssd and hdd) should be 4K-aligned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    AS SSD benchmark main screen shows that my P35 system is using the msahci driver.
    For optimal performance all disk partitions (ssd and hdd) should be 4K-aligned.
    Not very sure about that.
    The system probably reads it's sector size.
    The minimal data that can be read (Direct I/O) is the physical sector size of the drive, for hard-disks it is 512 bytes.
    The SSD may have a physical sectore size that is small but internaly I belive it is 8k or even more, meaning even if you read 512 bytes the SSD controller will be forced to read that size.
    The last thing you want is having more than one file on the same line size the controller reads because then the trim command may mark a portion free but won't be able to free the whole line because there is still data of another file in a portion of it.

    I wouldn't make any assumptions and test which is the best. with each drive and/or technology.

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    Lightbulb Re: Gigabyte X48-DQ6 + Samsung SSD 830?

    There are numerous articles that explain why 4K partition alignment improves disk performance for ssd's and hard drives.
    Win7 automatically creates 4K aligned partitions.
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...tml#post383199, post #44 shows my ATTO results with three different WD Caviar Black sata2 hard drives.

    Paragon's partition alignment tool (PAT) and some partition management software can re-align existing unaligned partitions.
    To avoid possible problems, you should backup each partition before aligning it.

    http://download.paragon-software.com...hite_Paper.pdf
    Search the web using: 4k alignment for more information.

    Assumptions? NO WAY!!
    I haven't bothered with 4K alignment tests on my old IDE hard drives.

    Last edited by profJim; 06-17-2012 at 05:36 PM. Reason: added benchmark screen-shot
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    Default Re: Gigabyte X48-DQ6 + Samsung SSD 830?

    Sorry i was misteken alignment with cluster size.
    Does this software align existing partitions without destoying the data? I wonder if I will get 1MB/s more aligning my non aligned partitions.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte X48-DQ6 + Samsung SSD 830?

    I didn't loose any data when I aligned my my partitions, but....
    .....that's why I said in my previous post:

    To avoid possible problems, you should backup each partition before aligning it.

    Several hard drive manufacturers offer a free version of partition aligning software, but their versions might only work on their hard drives.
    It might work with different hard drive brands as long as you have one of their hard drives installed.

    In my linked to post, I said:
    With 4K partition alignment, the WD640 drive is now about 20 -22% faster than the non-aligned hard drives.
    Last edited by profJim; 06-17-2012 at 05:34 PM.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte X48-DQ6 + Samsung SSD 830?

    Quote Originally Posted by cool_slowbro View Post
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    I'm more curious as to what changed in the F8D BIOS in respect to AHCI.
    I've just today upgraded to the F8D version. Looks like AHCI scan screen is a lot faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichieBoy View Post
    I've just today upgraded to the F8D version. Looks like AHCI scan screen is a lot faster.
    Alright, thanks. That is enough to warrant a flash in my books. Time to note all of my settings and do my first motherboard flash. ;/

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    Default Re: Gigabyte X48-DQ6 + Samsung SSD 830?

    Follow the procedure in http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ash-guide.html
    Be sure to disable Keep DMI Data before flashing with QFlash.
    I always flash with non-overclocked bios settings.

    Let us know how your new ssd performs.
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