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  • Snorfle
    Thanks for the reply. After doing some work, I know at least part of it was the PIO mode. I had to reinstall the Primary IDE drivers (and for some reason my device manager shows 2 Primary IDE controllers and 2 Secondary IDE Controllers, + a VIA Bus Master IDE Controller...the heck??) and it went back into Ultra DMA Mode 5. It still was around 33 MB/sec (I used HDTune to test also), which seems slow for a drive this new but at least it's acceptable. I should also mention that I'm 99% sure I'm using a 80-pin connector, so that shouldn't slow me down...argh.

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  • David (PassMark)
    Yes that is low. I have seen better performing floppy disk drives.

    Without the PC in front of us, we can only guess at possible causes.

    - Missing or wrong motherboard device drivers
    - An almost full hard drive. Hard to imagine wth 400GB.
    - A really really fragmented drive
    - A bad cable or hardware, causing a fall back to a old slow PIO mode. (instead of faster DMA modes)
    - Anti-virus software or spyware / viruses causing problems.

    PIO = Programmed I/O. This is orginal method from the 1990's used to read data from hard drives as part of the ATA standard. For example PIO mode 0 = 3.3MB/Sec. PIO is the fallback mode, when the system can not use DMA or Ultra-DMA modes.


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  • Snorfle
    started a topic Insanely low HD score...HELP!

    Insanely low HD score...HELP!

    On my new Athlon X2 3800+, with a new Seagate ST3400632A 7200 RPM 400 GB as the main C: drive, I'm geting unthinkably low HD scores. I dled PerformanceTest in the first place because my computer seemed sluggish, and now I see why:

    Disk - Sequential Read 2.63
    Disk - Sequential Write 2.68
    Disk - Random Seek + RW 1.43

    It wasn't like this the first week or so, it's only recently. I thought it was my video card drivers for a while. Now I guess I see it has to be the HD, but what the heck is going on .3here???

    The rest of my settings are below, in case there's something I missed:

    CPU Manufacturer:AuthenticAMD
    Number of CPU: 1 (2 Core(s)/CPU, 1 Logical(s)/Core)
    CPU Type: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
    CPU Speed: 1999.2 MHz
    Cache size: 512KB
    O/S: Windows XP (WIN32)
    Total RAM:804499456 Bytes
    Available RAM:470470656 Bytes
    Video settings: 1280x1024x32
    Video driver
    NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GS
    GeForce 6800 GS
    Drive Letter: C
    Total Disk Space: 372.6 GBytes
    Cluster Size: 4 KBytes
    File system:NTFS

    Test Name This Computer
    CPU - Integer Math 114.40
    CPU - Floating Point Math 653.34
    CPU - Find Prime Numbers 197.68
    CPU - SSE/3DNow! 2445.70
    CPU - Compression 3095.08
    CPU - Encryption 23.99
    CPU - Image Rotation 526.69
    CPU - String Sorting 1513.63
    Graphics 2D - Lines 79.49
    Graphics 2D - Rectangles 300.50
    Graphics 2D - Shapes 18.65
    Graphics 2D - Fonts and Text 233.19
    Graphics 2D - GUI 253.62
    Graphics 3D - Simple 1218.49
    Graphics 3D - Medium 270.68
    Graphics 3D - Complex 26.27
    Memory - Allocate Small Block 1610.73
    Memory - Read Cached 962.86
    Memory - Read Uncached 869.17
    Memory - Write 702.57
    Memory - Large RAM 119.66
    Disk - Sequential Read 2.63
    Disk - Sequential Write 2.68
    Disk - Random Seek + RW 1.43
    CD - Read 5.67
    CPU Mark 726.60
    2D Graphics Mark 656.27
    Memory Mark 3151
    Disk Mark 24.36
    CD Mark 693.57
    3D Graphics Mark 484.99
    PassMark Rating 470.31