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Old March 15, 2012, 10:15 PM
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Default How do I check to confirm that my 320 Series 160Gb SSD is truly optimized?

How do I check to confirm that my 320 Series 160Gb SSD is truly optimized after installation?

I have read Intel Forums FAQ... viewed the 3 videos on SSD and im still unsure about if my recently installed Intel 320 Series 160GB is optimized to work smoothly and with top reading and writing speeds.

I am running Windows 7 Home 64-bit. I understand that TRIM sets itself automatically, and also that Win 7 disables automatic defragging(not good for SSDs)

1. Is the Windows 7 the best driver for Intel 320? OR ...
2. does anyone recommend to install the Intel driver?
2.1 If so how do I install the Intel one?

The highest read-write speeds achieved checked with CrystalDiskMark are:

Seq Read: 250.1 Mb/s Write 171.2 Mb/s
512 K 129.7 172.0
4 K 19.85 38.87
4 K QD32 21.05 56.87

I would like opinions about the read-write numbers above. How do they fare against other 320 users in here.

I would appreciate specific instructions to better optimize the 320 should it need further tinkering with.

Thank you

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Old March 16, 2012, 01:01 AM
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Intel says Sequential Read = 270 MB/s and Write = 165 MB/s ... so your speeds are nominal

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Old March 16, 2012, 08:58 AM
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Default Define Optimized

Optimized in this case is relative. What is your definition of the word? in this case senario that is.

Your speeds will increase in time as you have seen stated in the Intel Videos you say you watched.

Optimizing the longevity is a deferent aminal. And in most cases a bit "Obsesive Compulsive". Most people update their systems on average every 3yrs. so trying to "Optimize" an SSD to allow longevity is a misnomer for any realist anyway. but most uninformed do it anyway.

I have the SSD you have on the same OS you have. I installed it and installed an HDD 1T drive for programs and left it at that. You say "Truely Optimized" as if you do not trust Intel, Microsoft or the other manufactures invovled in the system you have. I find that interesting and so I believe would most Anylist of the Intelectual kind.
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Old March 16, 2012, 02:59 PM
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