Despite these claims, many brushed aside SanDisk's comments
since numerous other manufacturers have introduced thoroughly
modern SSDs with significantly higher reads/writes than SanDisk's
It appears that SanDisk may now be getting some help in its
quest to improve SSD performance in Windows Vista. ComputerWorld reports that Samsung is
working together with Microsoft to improve
the performance of SSDs within the operating system.
"We have been so used to hard drives for so many years,
Windows is optimized for that obviously," said Sun Microsystems flash marketing
manager Michael Wang.
Forward Insights analyst Gregory Wong went on to add that
the sector size of SSDs is generally larger than those of hard drives. As a
result, performance can suffer at times.
"My guess is that [Samsung and Microsoft] are maybe
working on the OS recognizing an SSD with a 4KB sector size instead of a hard
disk drive with a 512-byte sector size," Wong added.
Samsung would provide no details on what exactly will be
changed in Microsoft's operating system to better support SSDs, or when a
possible "fix" would be made available to customers. Whatever the fix is, it will be beneficial not only to Samsung SSDs, but to all SSDs.
quote: To take the test a little bit further, away from synthetic testing, I decided to make a clean install of Windows Vista on the SSD drive. For two full days I have been working on that system, playing some games .. work a little on it, just basic normal PC usage. And I just have to admit .. I love it . Really fast access times versus good speed and no noise. What's not to like ?Also what was noticeable is system bootup-time, Windows Vista boots up in 21 seconds , which is roughly a minute on my primary test system with a WD Raptor. In all fairness, the SSD Vista installation was fresh and clean.For you as a gamer I did a subjective test as well. Call of Duty 4 . Starting up the game and load times feel just so much faster.On the Raptor is takes 22 seconds to startup the Ghilly suit levelOn the OCZ SSD is takes 12 seconds to startup the Ghilly suit levelSo compared to a raptor we can say that the SSD from OCZ results on a 40%-50% faster load time. Again, that's compared to a fast & expensive WD Raptor.Impressive to say at the least.