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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.

Cheers
Mike

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

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