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Topic # 65940 9-Aug-2010 21:43
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Hi Team,

Customer splashed out on a slim and light Vaio Z series laptop recently and I got it to set up.  Beautiful Full HD 13" LCD, 1.5Kgish weight with onboard optical drive, RRP in the $4000-$5000 range with an i7, but there are cheaper versions too.

Something I was particularly keen to check out was the 4x 1.8" SSDs in a RAID0 that are in the machine.  The machine zips along quite nicely thank you, with Win 7 Pro x64 and 8Gb of RAM.  Battery is factory rated at 5.5hours.

This series has a Speed/Stamina switch which in the older models switched from basic Intel graphics to a perkier nVidia chip (reboot required).  This current model switches on the fly (it fluffs around for 20 seconds with the LCD flashing on and off a bit) and you can see the display chip changing from the Intel HD series to a GeForce GT chip.

I'm not much of a 'laptop guy' but this machine rates in the 'pretty darn cool' category in my book and is worth a look for anyone looking at a speedy laptop in a compact package.  If my bank acccount had a few extra 000's, I'd have one of these in a heartbeat.

Anyhow, this posting was intended to be about the SSD performance...  please see the attached image.  If anyone can suggest a batter benchmark, let me know promto as I will be taking the machine back mid morning.  I could not do a write performance test on a partitioned drive according to HDtune.


Vaio Z series SSD Performance

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  Reply # 365655 9-Aug-2010 21:56
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This is one hot laptop. After years of yearning over a Z, I finally bought it recently. It's amazing fast, and so very silent. When you install software, it feels and sounds like it's not doing anything.

Light, powerful and stylish. Perfect!

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  Reply # 365688 9-Aug-2010 22:54
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SSDs can be a box of chocolates - each one can have vastly different speeds!

i'm watching the market right now and the latest SandForce-1200 controlled MLCs that have just been released are the boss right now. they do 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write and i'm watching them with interest.

i am suggesting those on the vaio are the older ones which are alot slower (about 1/2) ...

also did you know you must

1) turn off prefetch
2) turn off superfetch
3) turn off defrag
4) turn off indexing

Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.

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