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The program SSD manufactures dont want us to see! *Ebooster*

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Xazax, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. Xazax

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    "I asked if an SSD would improve my productivity in my notebook vs. what eBoostr (beta 4 build 543) offered. Nobody cared to answer that particular question, even though quite a few people seemed to read my post.

    Having just purchased a Patriot Torqx 64GB SSD, I am now in the position to answer it myself." -tilleroftheearth @Notebookreview.com Forums

    System:
    VAIO P8400 8GB RAM Patriot Torqx 64GB SSD Win 7 x64. vs.
    Identical system hardware except for 500GB Scorpio Blue HD.

    ..............................SSD..................ScorpioBlue+eBstr(57%)

    Shut down...............15sec...........................10sec

    Desktop...................42sec...........................45sec

    Usable...................+18sec.........................+75sec

    Total Start Time....... 70sec..........................120sec

    Open/Close 48 Apps.....8min............................9min

    Convert 373 images....26min............................25min


    "eBoostr now offers an 'autoconfiguration' option. I tried it and it suggested a 2.5GB RAM cache and also a 4GB cache on my USB based Lexar ExpressCard SSD (16GB size).

    I used the computer normally for a couple of days and the RAM cache was finally 100% filled and the cache on the Lexar was 65% filled of 15,268MB (I increased it to its maximum size - didn't like the 4GB default).

    Ran some real-world tests that mirror how I actually use my notebook (see below).

    I then uninstalled eBoostr and ran the same tests.

    Installed eBoostr once again but this time did not use any RAM for the cache. Also, I got a little impatient to post this (also, I'll be too busy in the next few days) and only let the Lexar fill to 48% of 15,268MB.

    That's 2.5GB less cache used in the USB based device and also 2.5GB less cache of the first test run with the RAM used as cache also (5GB total, less cache for the 48% column vs. the 65% column).

    So these are my tests: time the three different configurations above and see how fast the system: shuts down, shows the desktop, becomes usable (responsive to user input), opens and closes 67 of my most used programs, and finally the all important productivity test:

    1) Open WMP11 and play an album encoded with Windows Media Lossless compression.
    2) Start Outlook
    3) Start Safari 4 and navigate to notebookreview.com
    4) Start LR 2.5 and convert 373 12MP images to 1200x1200 pixel jpgs.
    5) Wait until LR pops open an explorer window indicating its finished.

    The time on the productivity test only includes how long it took to convert all 373 raw files.

    Additional tests:
    With No eBoostr installed: Adobe PS CS4 takes 16 seconds to start ('cold').

    Close CS4 and time to start it again (warm start): 4 seconds.

    With eBoostr (no RAM cache) CS4 takes 5 seconds to start. Again, to restart its 4 seconds."

    ............................No eBstr............eBstr+RAMc(65%)......eBstr(48%)

    Shut down...............15sec....................13sec..................10sec

    Desktop...................55sec....................68sec..................45sec

    Usable...................+85sec..................+52sec................+75sec

    Total Start Time.......140sec.................120sec.................120sec

    Open/Close 67 Apps..18min.....................14min..................12min

    Convert 373 images...27min.....................24min..................25min


    Okay, what's the verdict?

    "eBoostr increased productivity by as little as 7% (converting RAW images) and as much as 35% (opening/closing programs). To put this in perspective that 7% is 2 minutes savings and the 35% is a 6 minutes savings."

    FAQ
    Q: Is it possible to use Intel Turbo Memory with eBoostr on Windows XP?
    A: No, unfortunately eBoostr does not support Intel Turbo Memory on any Windows version prior to Vista. Intel Turbo Memory is supported only on Windows Vista.

    Q: What is the recommended cache size? Does it depend on the amount of RAM?
    A: No, the recommended cache size does not depend on the amount of RAM you have installed. The recommended size is 1-2GB. If you have many applications installed (especially big software packages like Adobe) we recommend you to increase the cache size to 4GB or more.

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    My own take:

    Now i don't see why anyone with Windows 7 or Vista wouldn't want to give this program a shot. I mean it's a BETA but its free and its potential to give extra performance. I'm personally trying this out myself right now and will update in a week or so my experiences with it.

    Think of it as windows vista's ready boost, but on steroids :) please note though, while you can use a flashcard or other devices, it is usually best to use a USB stick drive due to the low random write 4KB block they can achieve.


    Sources
    All credit goes to tilleroftheearth @Notebookreview.com Forums

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=439258
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=436882
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=435052
    http://beta.eboostr.com/faq/
     
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2009
  2. vrm4 Guest

    nice! trying it out now on win xp 32bit (have 4gb ram, using 1gb for cache) 2gb flashdrive for cache as well. Seems to be working ok for now.
     

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