Looking at the three windows power modes, and the impact on SSD performance Antonis Sapanidis .

There are three modes on the edit power options menu in control panel, and the idea is simple, either get the maximum performance from your system, or go to the other extreme and save as much power as possible. There is also the default mode called balanced mode, that will bride the other two modes, but how much can those three settings affect the speed of your SSD? Lets find find out.

There are three modes on the edit power options menu in control panel, and the idea is simple, either get the maximum performance from your system, or go to the other extreme and save as much power as possible. There is also the default mode called balanced mode, that will bride the other two modes, but how much can those three settings affect the speed of your SSD? Lets find find out.

Looking at the three windows power modes, and the impact on SSD performance

Posted 03 August 2017 14:51 CEST by Antonis Sapanidis

 

Review: A quick look at the three windows power modes, and their impact on SSD perfromance

Written by: Antonis Sapanidis

 

 

 

After a lot of blue screens and no USB 3 storage device working on the USB 3 port, keep in mind that everything USB 2 worked perfectly, I had had enough. So it was time to retire the Gigabyte p55a-ud4 and the i5 750 and move to a high end desktop PC. No no no it’s not X299 or X370. I simply used the PC that I leave on to do all my downloads, although now I have to use it daily for whatever I do daily, and that mainly is listening to music. The problem though was it felt very sluggish. I know that the Intel Celeron g3900 isn’t the best CPU that you can get, but it should be capable of doing all the things that I need without any issues. Plus that PC has an SSD, and it’s a Netac m.2, so there should not be any speed issues when it comes to SSD performance.

After a few hour of trying to find how and why this piece of !@#$%^&*. runs that slow, I remembered I had set the power plan to power saver. Very smart move if you are using the PC to download and you are connecting to it through team viewer, however real world usage is another story, and at first look it appeared to have too much of an impact for my taste.

As expected the question that immediately came to my brain was, how much difference there is between the three different power modes? Which is the best for all my daily tasks? Okay, I will say that I did not lose any sleep over it, but I wanted an answer. Let’s try to answer this, and as always as scientifically as possible.

Three victims were selected for this test, the first one would be my current PC high end dual core system, it has the cheapest case that money can buy, a Thermaltake 400WW PSU, an ASUS H100-A/m.2 motherboard with the latest BIOS, the Intel Celeron G3900 clocked at its default speed, the RAM is 2x4GB kit of Crucial 2133Mhz DDR4, a Netac N580 m.2 SSD, and two mechanical hard drives, both of them 500GB, a WD Blue 2.5" and a Seagate 3.5".

Victim number two would be the system that I am using to review all the RAM and SSDs, so you probably know that it has a Seasonic 750W PSU, an MSI GTX960 2GB, 4x8GB Corsair Vengeance RGB, the ASUS X99-A motherboard with the latest BIOS, and an Intel 5820K clocked at 4.4GHz, the SSD for this test would be the ADATA SU800.

The Last victim for this test would be my Dell laptop. It's an Inspiron 3537, with an I5 4200U CPU, 2x8GB of Crucial DDR3 RAM, and a Crucial M500 480GB SSD.

So to start this test, I will be using Anvils Benchmark and Crystal Disk Mark, I will be running them only once, although I should probably have done this test at least 4-5 times to give you the average result, but it's July and the temperatures are high, plus this isn't a detailed view, so only one run will do that job, and present you with the results.

To start with a bad Joke I will be calling the Celeron G3900 a high end dual core PC. So time to start testing and what better way to start with a high end system.

 

Let’s head to the next page and see what result I get with the high end dual core PC.

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