I think SSD is a joke...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by kona0197 | Discussion: Personal Computing

My old 500GB Western Digital has been showing signs of dying so I went out and got a 256GB Mushkin Source SSD. What a joke. I see no improved boot up speeds on Windows 7, nor any other improvements over my old drive. Boot times and app start up times are the same. I have made sure TRIM is enabled and the SSD checks out OK. Muskin offer no software to help with speed on the SSD. Thoughts? I'm confused...

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Reply #21 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:37 PM

Kona use sleep mode for fastest shut-down and re-start times.  The people who say they see 2 sec start times are in fact starting from sleep mode.

Leave your Lappy plugged in of course due to power consumption.

Reply #22 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:43 PM

Here's a couple of things to optimize an SSD.


Although it says that you can defrag an SSD I heard that you are not suppose to. Actually my Samsung software turned this option off. I also disabled indexing and set it to the High Performance option.

Reply #23 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4:56 PM

Mine boots up in seconds

RAID 1 of M.2 WD Blacks - just to show how fast it can really be

However - I have replaced hard drives in several laptops and desktops... and without fail, the boot time is far less than half even on the older machines... big upvote for the speed of SSD...

Reply #24 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 8:06 PM

Loving my SSD's! Samsung 850 EVO's, 500GB with Rapid Mode turned on. This is on SATA III.

Reply #25 Thursday, January 17, 2019 1:06 AM

Here's my Intel 512gb NVMe scores, but I'm not so sure on the accuracy of either program as repeated tests resulted in different scores each time.  And on the AS SSD Benchmark, it couldn't access the Acc time read times, so I'm not sure the overall score reflects its true potential, etc.


Reply #26 Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:30 AM

And here is my other desktop system:


Mostly slower than my first.

Reply #27 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 6:59 PM


Somewhere between you two, wonder if there is some tweaking I should do.


I just tried with both my 950 PRO and 960 EVO and the scores were cca 2260 for the 950 and 3911 for 960 - thus very similar to yours, so i guess things are fine on your side. Or, alternatively, we have both some tweaking to do

Anyway, obviously Optane is currently probably the fastest thing you can get, faster than these Samsungs, at least in benchmarks, so its not unexpected it by decent amount faster. AFAIK its by decent amount more expensive, LOL.

Reply #28 Monday, April 15, 2019 1:13 AM

i don't think so ssd are jokes, they are much better than external hard drives and traditional SATA, programs load faster in them and boot up time of ssd is also good.

Reply #29 Monday, April 15, 2019 1:04 PM

This is just a single Samsung SSD for comparison.


And my other one:

Reply #30 Monday, April 15, 2019 2:54 PM

Hmmmmm. I just tested 2 different M2 cards and got much lower read speeds than you guys. Write speeds about even with Brad's. Wonder why mine are so slow?

Reply #31 Monday, April 15, 2019 4:44 PM

mSATA version of the Samsung EVO 860

Mixed results...

Reply #32 Monday, April 15, 2019 5:51 PM


mSATA version of the Samsung EVO 860

Mixed results...

Those are awful low scores for a Samsung 860 EVO. Is you BIOS set to use AHCI mode? If not don't change it because your system won't boot if you change it. You'd probably have to set it for AHCI mode and completely reinstalled your OS to fix the speeds.

Or, you don't have Rapid Mode turned on in Samsung Magician.

Reply #33 Monday, April 15, 2019 6:17 PM

I just read that the M.2 sata cards are about as fast as an ssd, whereas the M.2 pcie cards are super fast. I'm guessing mine must be sata. I will find out.



Reply #34 Monday, April 15, 2019 7:29 PM

Rapid mode can be turned on in the Samsung control panel.

Rapid mode off

Rapid mode on

Reply #35 Monday, April 15, 2019 7:52 PM

oK i HAVE A LAPTOP it is almost three years old I don't know what type of ssd I have how do I find out. if i have a rapid mode or not, and how do I find out if it is on?

Reply #36 Monday, April 15, 2019 8:16 PM

You can look in the Device Manager under Disk Drives.

Reply #37 Monday, April 15, 2019 9:21 PM

How do I turn on Rapid mode on a Sandisk.

Reply #38 Monday, April 15, 2019 10:04 PM

Well, as far as I know, rapid mode translates to AHCI mode. It is set in BIOS, and if it is not on, you can't turn it on without a reinstall.  If you do, windows won't boot.


OOPS, I missed that Samsung has a rapid mode. I wasn't aware. What software is needed for that?


Reply #39 Monday, April 15, 2019 10:13 PM

Samsung Magician, not sure if its true for all Samsung SSD Model.

Thank you,



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