OCZ Vertex 3, what am I doing wrong?

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  1. ekimator

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    Hello everyone, I recently purchased and installed an OCZ Vertex 3 120GB. I used the OCZ toolbox and updated the firmware to 2.15. I just ran a speedtest and noticed I am not getting anywhere near the 550/500 speed as shown on the box. I assume I screwed up.

    http://imageshack.us/f/834/ssdresults.jpg/

    I installed Windows on the drive without changing it to AHSC or whatever that acronym is. I left everything on IDE. Is this the reason for my speeds? Can I switch it over now, or would I have to wipe the drive and start over?

    Also, is there any way I can get steam installed onto the SSD, with the games on the HDD?

    Thanks for any help. I feel like I jumped in over my head, and I'm unable to return it to newegg.
     
  2. Anarion

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    I bet you have it plugged in Marvel 6Gb/s ports. Use Intel ports instead.
     
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    Are they located somewhere else on the motherboard?i only saw the 2sata 3 ports next to the 4 sata 2.
     
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    I looked it up.I'm at work so I can't check but I'm pretty sure I have it in the intel slots
     

  5. Hilbert Hagedoorn

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    First indeed check if you are using the Intel SATA3 controller (is much faster), secondly, you really need AHCI mode to get the better peak values.
     
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    Yep. He should indeed switch to AHCI mode ASAP. I really wonder why they even bother putting IDE mode as default...
     
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    When I Tried to switch it over before I blue screened on launch. Do I have to wipe it clean and reinstall windows? Or is there a way to switch it over now?
     
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    Here i found a link without reinstalling the OS
     
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    another guide right on top of your thread lol http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=313676

    EDIT: Me and you are in the same boat :) . Why do you think the OCZ drives went down in price? because they have major issues with Intel AHCI or AHCI in general.

    I just got a new system with a OCZ Agility 3 sata3, Gigabyte P67X-UD3-B3 mobo and more random stuff, memory etc.

    I installed windows on IDE, then ran some tested and foundout i should be using AHCI. I actualy did a clean format on AHCI everything works fine untill you update Win7 service pack 1. After that its a blue screen nightmere. The OCZ forums are full of angry customers and OCZ keps on relaseing new firmware updates that don't really help much.

    If you use the Intel AHCI with service pack 1 you might have the same problems. I have no idea why yet but i'm trying to understand for 2 days now :S I also have a marvell ahci controller on the board, I didnt try it yet but i'm sorry i didnt read more about SSD. From now on i'll read reviews only on forums where its reall not some rushed review.

    Sorry for the spelling i'm just tired of reading forums and watching blue screens
     
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    Can you try to switch to AHCI with the guide and tell me what happens? we have a very similar system.

    EDIT: When using P67/Z68 SATA 3 intel AHCI my comp gets blue screens and boots up only on 6-7 try after switching from AHCI to IDE in bios many times, its is wired.

    I just found this: http://forums.crucial.com/t5/Solid-...eze-ups-in-Windows-7-solved-for-me/td-p/38766

    I'll try to disable LPM too and see if it will help. If it wont ill be back in half an hour after my BSOD party is over again :(
     
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  11. ekimator

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    I will try this method tomorrow, as it's too late tonight. One thing I'm wondering, I read somewhere that if i switch to achi that I can never switch back? I'm just wondering if I try this method, and it does indeed start crashing, if i'm SoL, or if i can revert to IDE and just deal with the 400/400 speed.
     
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    I upgraded everything, other then my videocard. That why it was hard to tell what the problem is. I did another format and it's working for now. When you install windows make sure:
    1. AHCI is enabled in bios.
    2. have a boot USB with the intel AHCI pre install driver (from gigabyte website).
    3. install only important drivers first then start windows update. don't install anything you're not to sure about or never tried yet. (it will be easier to troubleshoot if you install them one by one, if you'll get a blue screen you'll know after which driver/update it started.
    4. do all the updates but leave SERVICE PACK 1 to last.

    that's the stage i'm at right now. last time i got a blue screen after i installed the latest Geforce BETA driver. I'm going to install service pack now and see what happens. I have a feeling it's the geforce driver after all. the problem is that i used it before for only 3 hours and i didnt have any problems.

    I don't really know whats going on, I could be experiencing a different issue, all my hardware is new so it could be anything.
     
  13. ekimator

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    So i used the method described in the thread above and it seems to have fixed the speeds. I'm now getting 500/550 just as advertised. My only question now is why is it hanging on "Loading operating system............" for about 30 seconds before it boots into windows. Is there any workaround for this?
     
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    nice :D my blue screens are gone too.

    I had that too, make sure you remember to switch back to boot from SSD first in bios. You probobly still have the DVD drive first in the boot sequence. and take the cd out of the drive, so the OS won't load any CDs in boot up.
     

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