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Microsoft Windows 10 vs. Windows 8.1 SSD Storage Performance Analysis (Page 2)

Jon Coulter | Aug 18, 2015 at 12:10 pm CDT - 2 mins, 19 secs time to read this page

Test System Configuration

Microsoft Windows 10 vs. Windows 8.1 SSD Storage Performance Analysis 03 | TweakTown.com

We would like to thank the following companies: ASRock, Crucial, Intel, Corsair, RamCity, IN WIN, and Seasonic for making our test system possible.

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The majority of our testing is performed with our test drive as our boot volume. Our boot volume is 75% full for all OS Disk "C" drive testing to replicate a typical consumer OS volume implementation. We feel that most of you will be utilizing your SSD's for your boot volume and that presenting you with results from an OS volume is more relevant than presenting you with empty secondary volume results.

System settings: Cstates and Speed stepping are both disabled in our systems BIOS. Windows High Performance power plan is enabled. Windows write caching is enabled, and Windows buffer flushing is disabled.

It is interesting to note that with RST 14.5, the Intel driver no longer handles write caching; it's handled by Windows.

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We will first test utilizing a 2TB Samsung 850 Pro as our OS volume 75% full. We will present results for Windows 8.1 using RST 13.2. For Windows 10, we will present results using RST 13.6 and RST 14.5. Results will be presented in the following order: Win 8.1 RST 13.2, Win 10 RST 13.6 and Win 10 RST 14.5.

Next, we will compare driver performance on Windows 10 with a 500GB Samsung EVO empty running both RST 13.6 and 14.5. Lastly, we will look at the difference in performance between Windows 8.1 and 10 using a 400GB Intel 750 Series NVMe PCIe SSD.

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Jon Coulter

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jon Coulter

Jon became a computer enthusiast when Windows XP launched. He was into water cooling and benching ATI video cards with modded drivers. Jon has been building computers for others for more than 10 years. Jon became a storage enthusiast the day he first booted an Intel X25-M G1 80GB SSD. Look for Jon to bring consumer SSD reviews into the spotlight.

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