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Solved: Installed SATA III card & 10,000 RPM drive and no speed increase

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by PeteComp, Feb 15, 2013.

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  1. PeteComp

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    I just installed a Western Digital VelociRaptor 1 TB hard drive and did not gain any speed according to the Windows Experience Index of 5.9. I then purchased a HighPoint Rocket 620 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card thinking that since my motherboard is not SATA III, that was the problem. Exact same results. I have an Asus P5N-E SLI motherboard which is not AHCI compliant. Could that be the problem? From what I have read, AHCI will make the drive hot-swappable but not increase the performance that much. I thought the 10,000 RPM drive alone would make a big difference. Are there better (free) tests that I can run besides the Windows Experience. It bothers me that I have invested all of this money and did not increase the index at all.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. ETech7

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    Thanks. I tried the Atto Benchmark and did notice a difference. I have an internal D drive (7200 RPM) which reported a high write and read of 94,353 and 99,876 mb/s. The C drive (10000 RPM) reported a high of 130,043 and 178,560. This is a substantial difference. Why, then, didn't the Window's Index change at all? Thanks again for the links.
     
  4. ETech7

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    You are welcome. I am not too familiar with Windows Index algorythms, so I can't comment on that. What is important I think, that you confirmed your money were not spent for nothing.
     
  5. PSCO2007

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    Your Windows Experience is based on your lowest score.

    As you can see, even though I have an SSD, I have no separate graphics card installed and that brings my score down.

    When I had an hdd, my score was 5.9.
     

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  6. ETech7

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    He may be talking about Primary hard disk part.
     
  7. PSCO2007

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    That's what I mean.
    When I had an hdd, my score on the Primary hdd was 5.9.
     
  8. ETech7

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    I suggested that he was talking solely about that part, but I may be wrong.
     
  9. PSCO2007

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    He is talking about his new hdd - he will never get a higher score without an SSD.
     
  10. ETech7

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    That also maybe true, but it's kinda odd because his read speed almost doubled.
     
  11. PSCO2007

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    That's just the way Windows Experience works.
     
  12. ETech7

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    Fair enough.
     
  13. PSCO2007

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    Microsoft sure doesn't make it easy, does it?:eek:
     
  14. ETech7

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    Frankly, I never paid much attention to that metric. There much more descriptive tools out there. I am not sure if anybody uses it as a primary reference point.
     
  15. PeteComp

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    Thanks for the input guys. So, PSCO2007, you're saying that the fastest I could get with ANY hard drive (non-SSD) is 5.9 using the Windows Experience Index? I don't have any partitions; just the VelociRaptor as my C drive and a regular SATA drive as my D. I don't care about the D drive since it is just data but I want my operating system to run at max speed. It's just curious that before the VelociRaptor with a 7200 RPM SATA drive I was at 5.9 and now with all of the improvements, I'm still at the same number. But, as ETech7 said, the Benchmark test does show a descent improvement so I don't feel so bad. Thanks again.
     
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