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    I got a new Samsung 960 PRO NVMe M.2 2TB SSD. I had just installed it onto my PC and installed Windows 7 on it. I then installed the .exe version of CrystalDiskMark. I did four tests of my new drive using the CrystalDiskMark software. I did four tests, the 1GB, 4GB, 16GB, and 32GB tests. Here are the results. What do you think? Are those good numbers? You know what's funny? I spent around $1300.00 for the Samsung 960 PRO NVMe M.2 2TB SSD. Now they have the 970 NVMe drive, and it's Gen 3 - 4 ready, also 2TB, and it is going for just over $700.00. I feel cheated somehow, because now I'm realizing that my "new" 960 Pro is not Gen 3-4 ready... Which means, I'm not using the full capabilities of my motherboard... *sigh* In any case, I want to know if those are good numbers. What do you guys think? O.K. here is my USB3 stick getting the CrystalDiskMark treatment. This time it's a 16GB USB3 stick, and I did five passes of a 50MiB test on it. Is that too slow for USB3?
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    Is this an overclocked machine? I don't overclock my machine. I tested a 16GB Sandisk Cruzer Glide, the package said it was a USB3. Could it be I got a crappy USB3 drive, or is it that my USB3 is not set up properly on my machine?
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    On and Off Or Leave It On?

    Thank you, both! On 24/7 it is!
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    On and Off Or Leave It On?

    For years, I've left my PC on, 24/7, but now I'm using an M.2 SSD card. Should I shut down my PC to save it heat related ware and tear, or is it better to leave it on 24/7 to save wear and tear of the M.2 SSD from temperature differences between on and off?
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    I got it from Newegg. Taking another look at it, it turns out that I did get the Gen3 x4 version... So, I'm good in that department. Maybe there's something about it that makes it more expensive than other M.2 drives... For example, I've learned that there are M.2 drives that are really just SATA drives, and then there are the M.2 NVMe (NeVer Me - LOL) which are the ones that are connected to the PCIe lanes. Maybe that's why you've seen a price difference. Or it could be because it's 2TB? Thanks for giving me your thoughts on the numbers, ir_cow.
  6. This is the last chipset X99 that supports Win7, and the CPU, Broadwell, is the last Intel CPU that supports Win7. But I'll have another look in the BIOS, tomorrow. Really appreciate you guys' help. Thanks. I'll let you know tomorrow how it looks.
  7. EDIT: I get to the point in the EDITS added at the bottom of all of my yapping.... My system build is Asus X99-E WS motherboard. I have a USB keyboard and mouse attached. Works fine until I install the Intel USB3 drivers. After I install the drivers, the keyboard and mouse turn off, during Windows 7 start up. I have to wait around ten seconds before the keyboard and mouse come back on again. I need the USB3 drivers, otherwise I
  8. I'm having trouble using the Internet, this morning. I'm tired. Sorry for all of the double posts and other weird mistakes.
  9. My keyboard and mouse were connected to the "gray" USB slots in the back of my computer. The blue USB slots are for the USB3.0 and USB3.1 connectors. I moved the keyboard and mouse to the "other" gray USB slots, but that didn't work. The 40 second delay continues to exist.
  10. Thanks for that. However, that didn't work. The 40 second delay continues.
  11. I'm just choosing not to give Microsoft all of my data, like the EULA for Windows 10 requires.
  12. I wasn't able to locate where that is. I looked at your jpg image and my Power options doesn't look like that. I'm using Windows 7. I couldn't find any way to modify the way USB works from the Power Options. I noticed, at the bottom of your jpg image that it says Windows 10, is that a Win10 dialog box? I'm using Win7.
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    Intel Fultondale 3 DC P3600 AIC 2TB PCI-Express 3.0

    So, I did a whole lot more research, and it seems that Intel won't make it easy to use. It's all command prompt, and the drivers barely support Win7.... I didn't find anything that said that Windows sees it as multiple drives, nor that it used software RAID, but I did see that the download tools (the software) is what you would use when inspecting and configuring a RAID of these drives. Does that mean it is a software to manage a hardware RAID or a software to manage configure a software RAID? I don't know. I was looking at Intel's website and reading the details of the downloads (software drive management tools, drivers, firmware updates). To get Win7 support, you have to go back to older versions of the drivers, and even then, you don't get complete support for Win7. DC P3600 is discontinued, as far as Intel is concerned, even though you still find them for sale, everywhere. I started looking at the 4TB DC P4500. It also has limited Win7 support. The "enthusiast" line of product absolutely only supports Win10, so it's a no go.... In then end, I guess I will not get the Intel Fultondale 3 DC P3600 AIC 2TB PCI-Express 3.0..., nor the DC P4500 model, either. I guess I'll start looking at M.2 drives. I just hope they've gone up in capacity. Believe it or not, 500GB is not enough space for me. LOL That's how big they seem to make them. EDIT: LOOK WHAT I FOUND!! https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA12K6CC1961 2TB! Now all I have to find out is if it's compatible with Win7 and my mobo.... EDIT 2: So, my mobo is compatible, and so is Windows 7!! https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000005967/memory-and-storage/enthusiast-ssds.html
  14. I want to get this... I want to install Win7 on it. I realize, I'm going to have to have drivers and stuff ready for Windows during the installation.... However, I'm starting to wonder if it's even possible. Does anyone have any information on how I would make this work? Here's what I want to use the drive on: OS: Win7 Pro / Linux (usually Kubuntu, but I might try mint this time) Mobo: Asus X99-E WS RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 64GB (four sticks) Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (one - not in SLI. No plans for SLI for this system) Storage: Four WD Raptor (10,000 rpm) SATA drives in RAID 5, in external enclosure via eSATA port. (This is a temporary arrangement until I got the above AIC SSD drive).
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    Intel Fultondale 3 DC P3600 AIC 2TB PCI-Express 3.0

    The mother board has an M.2 slot (or maybe two of them?), so, the mobo supports these drives. Where did you read that it shows up as two drives? I want to read about that. Can you give a link to the article? Its hard to get info on these drives. I know it's way fast, which is why I wanted to get it, but I didn't see any of that other info on anything I read about it.
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    Wild Bison Return To Canada

    Waiting on news of poachers...
  17. We have to protect the Internet - again.... Please, Americans, sign the petition. There seems to be an option for non-Americans. Follow the instructions for that, if you are not American, but want to have a say.
  18. So, I'm looking at the mobo book for the X99-E mobo I got. I looked at the PCI-e slots, and noticed that slots 1 and 3 have different IRQ's. Slots 1, 2, and slots 4 - 7 all have Shared IRQ's. I was planning on putting a PCI-e SSD card in slot 5. Since I was planning on an nVidia SLI set up using slots 1 and 3, I worried that slot's 1 and 5 would share the same IRQ. I know that each slot has their own lane to the northbridge in the CPU, so there's no bottleneck there, but will sharing an IRQ cause a bottleneck between nVidia card in slot one and the PCI-e SSD card in slot 5? I want maximum performance with the PCI-e SSD, and I think it's best performance might take a hit, if it has to share resources with the nVidia card. I'm thinking that the nVidia card will want to interrupt a lot, and so will the PCI-e SSD. Anyone know if my worries for a potential bottleneck are real, or imagined, as it relates to sharing an IRQ?
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    Potential Bottlenecks. An IRQ Question

    So, after bumbling about in Google Land, I discovered that starting with PCI ver 2.2, MSI (Message Signaled Interrupts) is the new IRQ (Interrupt Request). Starting with PCIe 3.0, MSI-X (Extended Message Signaled Interrupts) became the updated and advanced version of MSI. So, why is my mobo book still talking about IRQ's?! It seems that I might have to make a BIOS change in order to enable MSI or MSI-X... At least that is what I think I understood from reading stuff in Google Land. Yet, there is nothing in my mobo book about this. Anyone have any experience with this? Or have a better understanding about this?
  20. I want to get this, but I have got no idea what cases can support it. I've been looking at case specs, but there is no clear information that can tell me what size radiator can fit in them. Can anyone, please, give me a place where I can look at cases that can fit that all-in-one cooler? Or educate me on how I can tell from the scant info, whether a case can accommodate one of those 360mm radiators?
  21. Thank you for your replies. That was helpful.
  22. I upgraded my machine from an i5 to an i7, specifically because it has hyperthreading. I enabled hyperthreading, and now I see that I have, effectively, 8 cores. The trouble is that most of my games and other software only utilize the four base cores. The hyperthreaded core is not used. So. Am I effectively halving my CPU's potential because the hyper thread is not used? If I disable hyperthreading, will each of the four base cores have an increase in potential, because the whole core is used? What did I misunderstand about hyperthreading? What are the pros and cons about enabling/disabling hyperthreading? Thanks
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    HyperThreading: Should I Disable It?

    Thanks for your replies. With so little benefit to gain from very slightly lowered temps, and no other improvements, I'll just leave it enabled. Thanks for your advice, guys.