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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ajkane, Jul 12, 2012.

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  1. ajkane

    ajkane Thread Starter

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    Ok, I have a new build with a mushkin enhanced chronos 120gb ssd. I have two problems with it that I THINK are related.

    1) My boot time in windows is over 1:30 and I have a friend with a vertex 3 and it boots in under 25 seconds! and I am supposed to have better 4k read and sequential read!

    2) I ran a benchmark and found that I am getting significantly less performance then the specs say I should (eg 14,029 IOPS and I should get 90,000)

    I have enabled ahci I did it before I installed windows (actually forgot to but then re-installed). I have also included screen-shots of my benchmarks and a spec sheet




    Specs: (from http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236
    General

    Brand
    Mushkin Enhanced
    Series
    Chronos
    Model
    MKNSSDCR120GB
    Device Type
    Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Used For
    Consumer

    Physical
    Form Factor
    2.5"
    Capacity
    120GB
    Memory Components
    MLC
    Interface
    SATA III
    Controller
    SandForce
    Width
    100.2mm
    Depth
    9.3mm
    Height
    70mm
    Weight
    79g

    Performance
    Max Sequential Read
    Up to 550MB/s
    Max Sequential Write
    Up to 515MB/s
    4KB Random Write
    Up to 90,000 IOPS
    Seek Time
    0.1 ms
    MTBF
    2,000,000 hours

    Features
    Features
    Up to 90,000 IOPS (4KB random write)

    SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface (backwards compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s)

    RAID support

    TRIM support (OS/driver support required)

    S.M.A.R.T. support

    Built-in BCH ECC (Up to 55 bits correctable per 512 byte sector)

    3.5" desktop adapter bracket included

    User-upgradeable firmware

    RoHS, FCC, CE

    Environmental
    Power Consumption (Idle)
    1.0W
    Power Consumption (Active)
    3W
    Operating Temperature
    0°C ~ +70°C
    Storage Temperature
    -20°C ~ +85°C
    Max Shock Resistance
    1500G
     

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  2. crjdriver

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    You posted the ssd specs however not the rest of you specs. Post exact mb, cpu, ram, etc, etc.
     
  3. ajkane

    ajkane Thread Starter

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    Sorry about that,

    Mobo: AsRock 990fx Extreme 4
    CPU: FX-4170
    GPU: Radeon HD 6950
    HDDs: WD Caviar Blue 7200 RPM 500 GB SATA II; Segate Barracuda Green 5900 RPM 2TB; (unknown brand) 250 GB 5400 RPM SATA I (only use this one for windows backups)
    ODDs: ASUS x24 DVD combo drive (non BD); Samsung x22 DVD combo drive; PATA x22 DVD combo drive
    PSU: Antec 650 W Green (80 plus silver)
    Case (probably not important): HAF 922 USB 3.0 Edition
    CPU cooler: Cooler master Hyper 212+

    I think that's It if I missing anything just say so! And this is a brand new build so I don't THINK there could be any hardware failures.
     
  4. zvan

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    try contacting support, maybe your ssd is just AWOL
     
  5. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

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    I checked and there is a firmware update; have you updated to the latest firmware for the drive?

    Your board has two sata controllers; an amd one and a marvel one. You are using the amd controller correct?
     
  6. ajkane

    ajkane Thread Starter

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    Correct, I disabled the marvel one because it isn't in use. And I tried updating the firmware a while ago and it says the firmware isn't compatible with my device. :confused:

    I tired the normal one here, and the dx version here and both said they were incompatible. And by the way I am like 95% sure mine is the normal one but I don't want to open my computer right now to find it.

    EDIT: I found it in my device manager and it is the normal one. I'll try re-downloading the firmware, just to see if it works.

    EDIT 2: This was on their website, does it mean anything? "Rated max read and write speeds are obtained
    using ATTO 2.46 at queue depth 10"

    EDIT 3: The exact message is "The Selected firmware package file
    %Path%
    does not contain the firmware for the selected drive...."

    LOL EDIT 4: Found this my firmware version is already 5.02 (I have included a screenshot) I also used the bench marking software that they used and it came up with the right results...How could one benchmarking software have so dramatically different results? (I have also attached a screen-shot) I guess my only problem is the extremely long boot time....
     

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  7. Triple6

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    Have you tried using the Marvell Controller instead of the AMD controller?

    Not sure why AS SSD results are so different from ATTO, the ATTO ones are more in-line with what the drive should be able to to do.

    Your boot time is awful though for using an SSD.
     
  8. crjdriver

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    How does it boot with just the ssd connected and the other drives disconnected?

    Is the boot hanging at the post screen, splash screen, or the windows screen?
     
  9. ajkane

    ajkane Thread Starter

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    I have the Marvell controller disabled, I'll re-enable it and try it out when I get home.
     
  10. ajkane

    ajkane Thread Starter

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    It hangs for about 15 seconds at post (didn't used to) and about a min and a half at "starting windows" login screen comes up instantly and logs in in under a second
     
  11. ajkane

    ajkane Thread Starter

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    And I haven't tried it without any other drives connected
     
  12. ajkane

    ajkane Thread Starter

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    ok tried it with other drives disconnected and still takes forever to boot, any ideas?
     
  13. Triple6

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    If you disconnect the SSD does it go through post faster? It'll come up with a disk boot failure type message but thats fine as long as that 15 sec delay is gone.

    Did you try the Marvell controller yet instead of the AMD one for the SSD?
     
  14. ajkane

    ajkane Thread Starter

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    Sorry about the huge delay, I have been in a huge hassle of a switch of isps. Anyway, the post issue resolved itself somehow, and the huge boot time in windows was resolved by disabling ACHI and IDE combine mode, thanks for your help!
     
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