I have poor performance with SSD caching under Windows 8.1, with all driver versions.
Windows 8.1 was freshly installed and patched up with all available patches upto now (used to have Win10, but reverted).
Problem is poor read performance on drives that have SSD caching turned on.
On a side-note, I used to have Win8.1 before, and it worked fine - although with RST 18.104.22.1683, since any newer version suffered from spindown/spinup issue during shutdown (there is another thread for this issue, and latest driver version is still the same).
However, now with Windows 8.1 freshly installed, I have this issue.
I tried several different driver versions:
22.214.171.1242 (latest driver)
- all with same result: poor performance with SSD caching on.
Asrock Z68Pro3 with I5-2500K and 16GB RAM.
Samsung EVO 250GB (OS disk)
OCZ Vertex3 64GB (used to Intel SRT caching)
1.5TB Seagate disk
3x 1TB Hitachi disks, which are bundled into one RAID0 volume
I used to have SSD caching on RAID0 volume, and it used to work fine, but now I have poor performance.
As soon as I remove caching, performance is fine (as can be seen on HD Tune and copying file to OS disk).
Same issue happens if I accelerate 1.5TB Seagate disk.
.. same result with 126.96.36.1992
With caching off, I have same performance across all drivers, and it works as expected:
I tested SSD drive itself, which works fine:
200MB/s writes and 350MB/s read speeds.
There is one oddity though, which ONLY happens on 188.8.131.523 version: If I remove cache disk, set it to available, and again create disk acceleration, accelerated disk works fine - sequential read speeds are as expected, and caching works (tested).
However, as soon as I reboot, performance drops.
Since this configuration used to work fine, seems it might be some Windows patch which conflicts with drivers, or something similar.
But... now main question - how do I regain normal disk speeds with caching on?
Any/all suggestions welcome.