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Hi,

I have a Kingston SV200S3128G SDD drive and, although it is faster than any of my other mechanical drives, I feel it is still a tad slow compared to other drives I've seen.

Also, I'm getting a weird result when running Blackmagic's Disk Speed Test program as it shows that the drive's can write faster than it can read, which makes no sense.

[attachment=325306:speed_test.png]

The drive is connected to an on-board Marvell 91xx controller (6Gb)
The motherboard is an Asus Rampage Extreme III
And, I'm running Windows 7 x64

I have tried both, the default Windows' drivers for the controller as those provided at Asus' web site.

Anyone has any idea of what may be happening?

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Did you try a different test? Just to double check, try:

Crystal Disk Mark 3
http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskMark/index-e.html

BTW, I also have Kingston SSD V+200 60GB for my eee1000HA and it is so much faster than the HDD! My netbook (W7, 2GB Ram) is now usable! :)

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Thanks for the link Aletheia.
Well, you could say it gives "better" results but I was expecting a better reading performance.

[attachment=325310:speed_test2.png]

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Make to Enable AHCI SATA mode in the UEFI/BIOS and use the native intel or amd SATA 6Gb/s ports. Dont use Marvell.

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AHCI mode is already enabled, however, the only 6gb SATA port on the motherboard is through the Marvell.

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The Marvell ports are rubbish. I tried my Samsung 830 drive on the Marvell ports on my motherboard and got barely above my native SATA2 speeds.

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I have been reading some posts at oher forums and it looks like the problem is that the controller is connected via PCI-e 1X, instead of PCI-e 2X.
So, I guess there's nothing that can be done...

I will, however, try the SATA3 ports from the Intel controller. Although they are only 3Gb, some say have seen a considerable improvement.
I'll post back with some results tomorrow.

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You could try a firmware update?

[url="http://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/downloads?product=SV200S3&filename=SV200S3_64G_128G_e120506a"]http://www.kingston....G_128G_e120506a[/url]

Also this peson had the same drive and a firmware fixed the speed issue

[url="http://www.overclock.net/t/1281075/kingston-v200-read-write-problem"]http://www.overclock...d-write-problem[/url]

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[quote name='Abyssus' timestamp='1358494570' post='595461526']
You could try a firmware update?
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I did check that the same day I noticed the performance issue, but my drive doesn't have the "E111008a" code printed on the label, on mine it sais "E120506a" so I guess it doesn't need the update...

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Looks normal to me... What kind of results were you expecting, and how does this compare the to reviews of your drive on similar setups?

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Well, my main concern was seeing that write speed was faster than the read speed but, it appears that after doing some more reasearch you are right: those values appear to fall inside the average for other owners of that particular Kingston drive.

I guess I was expecting/hoping to see ~350/400MB/s reading speed, seeing that the write speed was ~200/MBs

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Here're the results from Winsat which look quite similar to other users' benchmarks (a bit slower, though):

[font=courier new,courier,monospace]> Disk Sequential 64.0 Read 222.76 MB/s 7.4
> Disk Random 16.0 Read 140.85 MB/s 7.4
> Responsiveness: Average IO Rate 0.69 ms/IO 7.9
> Responsiveness: Grouped IOs 8.71 units 7.4
> Responsiveness: Long IOs 2.00 units 7.9
> Responsiveness: Overall 17.38 units 7.8
> Responsiveness: PenaltyFactor 0.0
> Disk Sequential 64.0 Write 214.60 MB/s 7.4
> Average Read Time with Sequential Writes 0.508 ms 7.9
> Latency: 95th Percentile 2.183 ms 7.5
> Latency: Maximum 18.907 ms 7.9
> Average Read Time with Random Writes 0.446 ms 7.9[/font]

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[quote name='xfx' timestamp='1358516757' post='595462004']
Well, my main concern was seeing that write speed was faster than the read speed but, it appears that after doing some more reasearch you are right: those values appear to fall inside the average for other owners of that particular Kingston drive.

I guess I was expecting/hoping to see ~350/400MB/s reading speed, seeing that the write speed was ~200/MBs
[/quote]

How old is it? Return it? Get something else, like a Crucial M4?

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[quote name='xendrome' timestamp='1358516924' post='595462012']
How old is it? Return it? Get something else, like a Crucial M4?
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It's brand new. I can't. Don't have the money. :D

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That's normal. Speeds also decrease quite sharply once they get past half full too.

Also, advertised speeds that they sell at are only achievable in specific benchmarks and don't reflect real-life speeds, which is a giant con if you ask me.

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