*HP HDX 9000 DRAGON Owners Lounge, Part 2*

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  1. Digitalwindow

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    Benefits?

    Anyone test for performance?


    (lack of DIY because I've been so busy over recent months that meals are often neglected......and no Skyrim play :( )
     
  2. 2.0

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    There's a negligible bump in performance. Though benchmarks report a small, but not insignificant increase in performance over 197.45 driver.

    However, the primary benefit is that more and more games being released require these drivers. Without them, you simply can't play the games.
     
  3. frostbytes

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    I'm still running Vista on a conventional 7200 RPM hard drive. A few months ago I bought Win 7 and and Intel SSD drive intending to do a fresh install of the OS and the go through the lengthy process of migrating all of my apps and settings over. Alas, I haven't had the time and it doesn't look like I will for a while.

    I know that Win 7 has improved support for SSD drives, but I won't have time to migrate for a while. In the meantime, I sure would like the speed improvement of an SSD. Will I see any performance improvements if I clone my existing Vista installation onto the SSD until I have time to do a fresh install of Win 7?

    Thanks in advance.

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    How's stability? I'm having inconsistent but frequent BSOD issues when playing YouTube videos with 197.45.

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    Stability has been 100% so far. Likely on account of having powermizer disabled.
     
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    Definitely.
     
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    Concurring with DRAGONe.

    Also, you might want to align the SSD during the process.

    See here for a tutorial: Guide cloning HDD -> SSD *with alignment* quickly with GParted
     
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    Glad to hear that. Are there any gotchas with migrating to an SSD with Vista or is it as straight forward as it would be when transitioning to a conventional drive?

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    Hmmm. What's the benefit of that versus using a cloning tool like Acronis True Image?

    Thank you.

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    From what I recall, Acronis doesn't maintain alignment for SSDs when cloning to them. Misaligned SSDs are sort of a bad thing. I recall doing a post Acronis clone from HDD to SSD alignment. Don't recall how I did it precisely. But I'll look over my notes and report back.
     
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