I have a new Mushkin Scopion Deluxe 240GB PCI SSD. I am using it as the main hard drive and it has windows 8.1 pro installed on it. Fresh Install on a brand new build: ASUS Z97 Deluxe with Intel i7-4790k processor and 16Gb Ram. Its installed in the PCIEX1_1 slot.
There are a couple of things I have been somewhat surprised with.
Firstly, the really slow boot times. It takes on average 1:20 to boot. With the LSI Corporation screen the longest at 40 seconds.
Secondly using crystal mark I'm not getting the read/write speeds (particularly write) I have seen quoted with this disk and in reviews. See attached.
Typically when you get full speed with ATTO, but Crystal is lower than expected it means that the NAND is dirty, has junk data in it. Normally the write speeds are most effected because the controller has to stop and erase the block before writing to it, the extra step of having to erase causes the slowdown.
Doing a full format, a quick is fine, or running a lot of benchmarks like Crystal will cause the NAND to have junk data on it. Same as doing a lot of reinstalls of the O/S or an old dirty image.
Over time the internal garbage collection will clean up the dirty NAND, and the Crystal benchmarks should improve. I would refrain from benching it for a while.
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