I just got an Intel X-25V and I installed Windows 7 Ultimate on it. It's currently taking up about 8GB. I've hardly installed any software other than the drivers and firefox.
When I ran that Windows performance test, my score came out to be 5.9, which is due to the SSD. I don't remember the numbers exactly, but I'll try to remember them:
RAM random access memory - 7.5
CPU central processing unit - 7.5
Hard disk - 5.9
General graphics performance on the desktop 7.4
3D graphics capability - 7.4
I haven't run any benchmarks. I have done everything on this page except for RAMDisk. I tried that, but it caused too many problems so I installed it. Even though, I got the info from OCZ forum, it still applies to SSDs:
installed the latest firmware
bios and OS set to AHCI
SSD is connected through SATA Port 1
and lots of other tweaks that are found on the page above
I used this software to determine my restart/boot time:
When I used it, the result was 48 seconds. That number represents the restart time, which includes shutting down and starting up. It took my computer 7 seconds to shutdown, which means it took about 41 seconds, give or take, to boot up. I read about other people who said that it only takes their computer 12 seconds to boot up. Others have said about 17, and a few even said 6 seconds. One of the main purposes for me getting the SSD was so that I'd be able to boot up my computer within 15 seconds, like everyone else with SSDs.
As for the WEI, I thought that was low because the Intel's SSD X-25V had low read and write speeds. But others with the same SSD have reported getting scores around 7.7 and 7.8.
Someone mentioned changing the driver to RST (post #9 and #10 on this page):
So, do you people have any suggestions as to how I can improve my SSD to be like yours, faster, speedier, more impressive, and hopefully, so I can get my money's worth. So far, I fee like I got a "slightly" faster hard drive.
This is my current setup:
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate
CPU: Intel Core i7 860
MB: MSI P55 GD80
RAM: Gskill 4 GB
PSU: Corsair 650TX
Case: Antec Sonata Elite
Video: XFX 5770
HD: Samsung F2 500GB (storage)
Samsung F3 1 TB (storage)
Intel SSD X-25V (OS installed on SSD)
Update: This one applies to Windows Vista, but he says that when he disabled his 7200 RPM drives and only used his SSD, that cut his boot time by 10 seconds. Does the same apply to Windows 7?
Update 2: Well, by upgrading the RST driver, I managed to increase the WEI of the hard drive (SSD) from 5.9 to 7.7. Now my WEI score is 7.4. But I'm still not satisfied with the boot time.