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      • 30. Re: Update from Intel's NAND Solutions Group

        Here is the actual statement from Microsoft blog about defrag, etc.:


        Will disk defragmentation be disabled by default on SSDs?


        Yes. The automatic scheduling of defragmentation will exclude partitions on devices that declare themselves as SSDs. Additionally, if the system disk has random read performance characteristics above the threshold of 8 MB/sec, then it too will be excluded. The threshold was determined by internal analysis.


        The random read threshold test was added to the final product to address the fact that few SSDs on the market today properly identify themselves as SSDs. 8 MB/sec is a relatively conservative rate. While none of our tested HDDs could approach 8 MB/sec, all of our tested SSDs exceeded that threshold. SSD performance ranged between 11 MB/sec and 130 MB/sec. Of the 182 HDDs tested, only 6 configurations managed to exceed 2 MB/sec on our random read test. The other 176 ranged between 0.8 MB/sec and 1.6 MB/sec.


        Will Superfetch be disabled on SSDs?


        Yes, for most systems with SSDs.


        If the system disk is an SSD, and the SSD performs adequately on random reads and doesn’t have glaring performance issues with random writes or flushes, then Superfetch, boot prefetching, application launch prefetching, ReadyBoost and ReadDrive will all be disabled.


        Initially, we had configured all of these features to be off on all SSDs, but we encountered sizable performance regressions on some systems. In root causing those regressions, we found that some first generation SSDs had severe enough random write and flush problems that ultimately lead to disk reads being blocked for long periods of time. With Superfetch and other prefetching re-enabled, performance on key scenarios was markedly improved.



        • 31. Re: Update from Intel's NAND Solutions Group

          Hey ambizytl - thank you so much for linking that.  I hadn't seen it and was confused by the conflicting information out there!

          • 32. Re: Update from Intel's NAND Solutions Group

            Glad to be of help. Lots of good reading on that blog.

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