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Hey guys, alright I'm going to get straight to the point, bought a new 120gb WD Green ssd & it's performing like garbage. 99% disk usage half the time under task manager & some apps take a while to install.

I ran an SSD benchmark to see what you guys think. :confused:

Btw I have around 73gb left out of 111gb on the ssd.

shit ssd.jpg
 
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Man those write speeds are ass

What’s the exact drive model
 

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I am super sorry to see you with performance issues, but I am still sitting here baffled because I just learned that WD makes a green SSD.
 

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BIOS settings all good? AHCI mode? What OS? Trim enabled?

I am super sorry to see you with performance issues, but I am still sitting here baffled because I just learned that WD makes a green SSD.
In this case green stands for "slow as shit" instead of energy efficient
 
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Man those write speeds are ass

What’s the exact drive model
Model String: WDC WDS120G2G0A-00JH30
Serial Number: 183119459812
Maximum LBA: 234455039
WWN: 5001B444A9DBA7B6

Hope that helps.

I am super sorry to see you with performance issues, but I am still sitting here baffled because I just learned that WD makes a green SSD.
LMFAO this made me laugh more than I thought it would :roll:

BIOS settings all good? AHCI mode? What OS? Trim enabled?



In this case green stands for "slow as shit" instead of energy efficient
Yeah BIOS settings all good, its in AHCI mode, OS is Windows 10 Home 64bit & Trim is enabled. :toast:

Slow as shit! Lmao you got that right.
 
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Either it's got a defect or something is holding that drive back. It should be performing much better than you showed.
Yeah I've tried different SATA ports & cables, same result, I figured it's just a defective shitty drive but wanted TPU's 2cents before taking it back, cheers. :toast:
 
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Yeah I've tried different SATA ports & cables, same result, I figured it's just a defective shitty drive but wanted TPU's 2cents before taking it back, cheers. :toast:
Do yourself a favor and spend the extra $10 for the WD Blue version of that drive. Trust me, it's worth it.
 
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Update the firmware using the Western Digital SSD Dashboard: https://community.wd.com/t/wd-green-writing-speed-problem/217536/32

However you won't get much joy out of that drive regardless - not only is that a DRAM-less controller but the small capacity means the SLC buffer gets filled very quickly. 120GB drives just don't have enough physical NAND dies present to allow the parallelism that makes SSDs fast, which is why 240GB is kinda the minimum size I'd recommend.

That said, as per @lexluthermiester the Blue version of this drive will give you a lot more joy if 120GB is the capacity you need.
 

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Update the firmware using the Western Digital SSD Dashboard: https://community.wd.com/t/wd-green-writing-speed-problem/217536/32

However you won't get much joy out of that drive regardless - not only is that a DRAM-less controller but the small capacity means the SLC buffer gets filled very quickly. 120GB drives just don't have enough physical NAND dies present to allow the parallelism that makes SSDs fast, which is why 240GB is kinda the minimum size I'd recommend.

That said, as per @lexluthermiester the Blue version of this drive will give you a lot more joy if 120GB is the capacity you need.
Meh, my Intel 80GB SATA2 does a hell load better than that, maybe the combination of the 2, sure they tend to be a little slower but dam.
 
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You have to optimize the drive a few times.
 
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Meh, my Intel 80GB SATA2 does a hell load better than that, maybe the combination of the 2, sure they tend to be a little slower but dam.
More NAND dies in your much older drive, plus they are SLC or MLC which are inherently faster than TLC, plus it has a DRAM mapping table.
 
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Cheers guys, appreciate the input. Firmware is up to date via the WD dashboard software. Yeah I'm just going to take it back & grab a WD blue one instead.
 
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Hey guys, alright I'm going to get straight to the point, bought a new 120gb WD Green ssd & it's performing like garbage. 99% disk usage half the time under task manager & some apps take a while to install.

I ran an SSD benchmark to see what you guys think. :confused:

Btw I have around 73gb left out of 111gb on the ssd.

View attachment 110072
Think that's a tad worse than I've seen this model perform but it's in the same ballpark.
You see; WD first came out with a WD Green which used 15nm 2D TLC NAND combined with a DRAMless controller from Silicon Motion (SM2258XT) and...well it is not a very impressive drive.
However WD updated the WD Green to use 3D TLC NAND with what looks to be a rebranded controller from Phison usually used in USB flash drives with only a change in model number to indicate a change (new version is G2, old version G1) and its performance is even lower than the first revision.
Your drive is the second revision which explains the poor performance.
 
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The HDD Green models are trash so I am not surprised the SSD are too.
Think that's a tad worse than I've seen this model perform but it's in the same ballpark.
You see; WD first came out with a WD Green which used 15nm 2D TLC NAND combined with a DRAMless controller from Silicon Motion (SM2258XT) and...well it is not a very impressive drive.
However WD updated the WD Green to use 3D TLC NAND with what looks to be a rebranded controller from Phison usually used in USB flash drives with only a change in model number to indicate a change (new version is G2, old version G1) and its performance is even lower than the first revision.
Your drive is the second revision which explains the poor performance.
A few years ago WD did a switcheroo with their HDD, they renamed the super slow 5400 Green series to be Blue EZRZ, they like to trick consumers into buying their green junk. The previous Blue (EZEX) was faster than the Black.
 

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I am super sorry to see you with performance issues, but I am still sitting here baffled because I just learned that WD makes a green SSD.
About 6 months ago they added it to the blue line. It hasn’t been widely available though.

The HDD Green models are trash so I am not surprised the SSD are too.
Actually in an external drive just used for storage, the Green HDD’s are great, especially if you got a later model after the idle timer issue.

I use one for server OS backup, and another as main rig storage in an HDD enclosure. Neither has any sign of dying after 3 Years of continuous on, and SMART looks good. Whether they are trash or not really depends on if you use them in the proper role.
 

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Greens are for power savings, slow trash.
Again, when used in their proper role they are fine. Too many people did not understand that and tried to use them as normal drives.
 
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Actually in an external drive just used for storage, the Green HDD’s are great, especially if you got a later model after the idle timer issue.
Have to agree with this. The WD Greens are great when NOT used as a boot drive.
Again, when used in their proper role they are fine. Too many people did not understand that and tried to use them as normal drives.
Which is why they have such an undeserved reputation. While they can be used in such a way, they're not intended for use a system's main platform.
 
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It's not you, it's the drive. WD has gone and change things around and the WD Green should be avoided at all cost from now on, if this review is anything to go by - https://www.nordichardware.se/test/test-wd-green-med-3d-nand-samre-an-forut.html?/inledning (apologies for it being in Swedish, but some Google translate and looking at the graphs should help).
It's technically a USB 3.0 drive with a SATA interface. It's one of the slowest SSDs they've ever tested, which speaks volume for how good it is. The summary calls the performance "lousy".
 
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120GB drives just don't have enough physical NAND dies present to allow the parallelism that makes SSDs fast, which is why 240GB is kinda the minimum size I'd recommend.
Both true and not.
Example:
I bought my dad a Patriot Blaze 60GB drive a couple of years ago. That drive is running on a SATA2 controller and pushes numbers better than this PoS (sorry Lionhart).
The capacity does matter, but if the controller and nand are crap... not even 1TB will help.
 
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It's not you, it's the drive. WD has gone and change things around and the WD Green should be avoided at all cost from now on, if this review is anything to go by - https://www.nordichardware.se/test/test-wd-green-med-3d-nand-samre-an-forut.html?/inledning (apologies for it being in Swedish, but some Google translate and looking at the graphs should help).
It's technically a USB 3.0 drive with a SATA interface. It's one of the slowest SSDs they've ever tested, which speaks volume for how good it is. The summary calls the performance "lousy".
Jesus christ that bad aye. Yeah I think I've learnt my lesson, get a blue WD or stick with the quality samsung evo/pro drives :toast:

Both true and not.
Example:
I bought my dad a Patriot Blaze 60GB drive a couple of years ago. That drive is running on a SATA2 controller and pushes numbers better than this PoS (sorry Lionhart).
The capacity does matter, but if the controller and nand are crap... not even 1TB will help.
lol it's all good. Yeah I need to actually read up reviews next time when purchasing an SSD, instead of assuming they're all naturally fast.
 
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