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Intel 520 240GB SSD Alignment Issue fixed
« on: October 22, 2012, 12:43:00 PM »
Although the Intel SSD toolbox indicated everything was great with my Intel 520 240GB SSD, I ran a benchmark tool that Shelt suggested. It revealed i had a misalignment from the clone operation from the HDD to the SSD (Windows 7)......which slows the performance of the SSD.

But I Fixed that with the Acronis Alignment tool for Windows XP I found at the Intel support site..........even though I have Windows 7.

 Intel support said the tool was for Windows XP and since I had Windows 7,  I should be OK... no need to align... Really?

The misalignment definitely affects performance as shown below by the benchmark Read/Write speeds and Scores regardless of having Windows 7.

I wanted to fix that because I want the full performance of the SSD. Uh, That is why I installed it....Plus I did not want to be outdone by Shelt...well he is ahead of me in some system aspects...
 
All drivers, bios etc. are up to date, Windows is up to date as well as netframework etc.

You will pay a little more for an Intel but I highly recommend it. For one, quality, and if for no other reason, the software they have for data transfer and SSD maintenance makes everything just too easy.
 
I  included my high level system specs below. Yeah I know, it is a custom Dell Studio XPS 9100 System with a i7 980x extreme.

See Benchmarks below for before and after alignment.
   
Benchmarks performed with AS SSD Benchmark 1.6.4237.30508
 
Check out the difference!!! Total Score is 577 now  was 386...big difference and the Offset is now OK...   
Boot up speed is now 13 seconds!  it was 23 secs
 
Ran another system performance assessment and ....My system score is now 7.2...out of a possible 7.9     it was 5.9 before with the HDD..The score will be your lowest component score.
 
This tool is in Control Panel>Peformance Information and Tools
 
Processor: 7.7
Memory: 7.7
Graphics: 7.2
Gaming Graphics: 7.2
Primary Hard Disk 7.5 with SSD...before was 5.9 with HDD
 
System Specs:
 
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme, 12GB DDR3 SDRAM, Intel 520 240GB SSD, 2TB HDD, Windows 7 64bit, ATI Radeon HD5970, Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium,  52" Panasonic Viera Plasma, Logitech G930 Wireless Surround Sound Headset, TrackIR5/Wireless Proclip, TM Warthog, Saitek Pro Combat Rudder Pedals
 
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 Benchmarks with AS SSD Benchmark 1.6.4237.30508

 
Before Running Alignment Tool:
 
AS SSD Benchmark 1.6.4237.30508
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Name: INTEL SSDSC2CW240A3
Firmware: 400i
Controller: iaStor
Offset: 11398117 K - BAD
Size: 223.57 GB
Date: 10/19/2012 7:15:46 PM
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Sequential:
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Read: 228.08 MB/s
Write: 160.44 MB/s
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4K:
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Read: 15.42 MB/s
Write: 12.63 MB/s
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4K-64Threads:
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Read: 145.46 MB/s
Write: 77.28 MB/s
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Access Times:
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Read: 0.212 ms
Write: 0.264 ms
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Score:
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Read: 184
Write: 106
Total: 386
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After running Alignment Tool:
 
AS SSD Benchmark 1.6.4237.30508
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Name: INTEL SSDSC2CW240A3
Firmware: 400i
Controller: iaStor
Offset: 11398144 K - OK
Size: 223.57 GB
Date: 10/21/2012 8:11:45 PM
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Sequential:
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Read: 236.87 MB/s
Write: 229.10 MB/s
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4K:
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Read: 16.95 MB/s
Write: 66.30 MB/s
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4K-64Threads:
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Read: 166.36 MB/s
Write: 169.22 MB/s
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Access Times:
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Read: 0.211 ms
Write: 0.254 ms
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Score:
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Read: 207
Write: 258
Total: 577
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« Last Edit: November 09, 2012, 01:21:46 PM by MegOhm_SD »
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Re: Intel 520 240GB SSD Alignment Issue fixed
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2012, 06:57:04 PM »
Just updated to a new bios version, ran AS SSD and here are my scores

AS SSD Benchmark 1.6.4237.30508
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Name: OCZ-AGILITY3 ATA Device
Firmware: 2.25
Controller: msahci
Offset: 103424 K - OK
Size: 223.57 GB
Date: 11/5/2012 5:54:53 PM
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Sequential:
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Read: 211.31 MB/s
Write: 249.32 MB/s
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4K:
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Read: 17.99 MB/s
Write: 78.58 MB/s
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4K-64Threads:
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Read: 160.14 MB/s
Write: 222.09 MB/s
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Access Times:
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Read: 0.090 ms
Write: 0.252 ms
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Score:
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Read: 199
Write: 326
Total: 635
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Re: Intel 520 240GB SSD Alignment Issue fixed
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2012, 12:27:43 PM »
nice    8)
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