My SSD is barely faster than my Hard Drive! HUH

MOKHAN

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I have a Vertex 2 50GB SSD optibayed in my Early 2011 13" Base MBP

I used to get around 125 read/200 write, but now...

I recently symbolic linked the downloads/desktop/documents to my 320GB HD in the main bay, but I doubt that would have changed my performance this drastically.

Any ideas what it might be, or how I might go around solving this?

Thanks
 

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Ccrew

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You do realize that that speedtest program you screenshotted uses *uncompressable* data to do it's tests. It's not that the numbers are wrong - it's that they're not indicative of the way drives are numbers tested and as such leads users to believe that something is drastically wrong.

It's all in how the numbers are achieved.
 

MOKHAN

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You do realize that that speedtest program you screenshotted uses *uncompressable* data to do it's tests. It's not that the numbers are wrong - it's that they're not indicative of the way drives are numbers tested and as such leads users to believe that something is drastically wrong.

It's all in how the numbers are achieved.
I see, I shall begin a search for a better speed test program. Thank you

Though, one question, I don't understand why I had better results only 2 months ago (125 write, ~200 read) with this exact program, shouldn't that by itself indicate some kind of issue?

EDIT: Could anyone recommend a speed test program, can't seem to find a decent one!
 
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GenesisJLS

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Why bother, you already know your machine is faster. Just look at the boot times of applications and or the OS in general. If you don't notice a difference, then go the route of benchmarking.
 

MOKHAN

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Why bother, you already know your machine is faster. Just look at the boot times of applications and or the OS in general. If you don't notice a difference, then go the route of benchmarking.
Well because I payed for an SSD, obviously I want to get SSD performance, not 7200rpm HDD performance.
 

calderone

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Well because I payed for an SSD, obviously I want to get SSD performance, not 7200rpm HDD performance.
Well, are you doing something other than synthetic benchmarking where you are not getting the performance you are expecting?

Have you noticed a difference outside of synthetic benchmarks?
 

Tonewheel

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I'll be on board with an SSD drive, once prices come down about 300%.

Faster to be sure, but in real world usage, my productivity is not going to take the slightest hit because I'm losing seconds here and there.
 

Inconsequential

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I'll be on board with an SSD drive, once prices come down about 300%.

Faster to be sure, but in real world usage, my productivity is not going to take the slightest hit because I'm losing seconds here and there.
If every click you make during a day loads a second quicker over the course of a day, month, year, it adds up...

For example to restart my machine from a WD Velociraptor (One of the fastest HDDs available) takes about three times longer to get back to where I was when I restarted (I.e. Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, VMWare Fusion, Excel, etc open and ready) than with my SSD.

It's noticeably quicker, so much so intact I got so ****ed off with my MBP responding so slowly compared to my Mac Pro I bought a SSD for that too within about a week!
 

MOKHAN

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Well, are you doing something other than synthetic benchmarking where you are not getting the performance you are expecting?

Have you noticed a difference outside of synthetic benchmarks?
Well, I get about a 22-second boot up which doesn't seem right
The applications I run, which aren't demanding at all (Chrome, Powerpoint, Word), haven't seem to have suffered, they start almost instantly after I click them.

Thanks

*Paid. And like he said, you're getting faster performance with the SSD, why bitch?
Ouch, hit with the b word. I will repeat, I payed (or paid, just for you xo) for a SATA II SSD, not a 7200-rpm HD. I would like to point out deafgoose's (thank you deafgoose) test of his 7200-rpm drive using the same application to run the test.
 

Wattser93

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That doesn't look right. Your write speed seems very slow. You might want to call up OCZ and see what they think about that. Definitely abnormal results for an SSD.

Here's the results from my Apple 512GB SSD.

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