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Intel X25 80GB SSD drive: is it better to have Matrix Manager installed?

I upgraded an IBM R61 laptop to a X25 SSD drive. The difference in performance is amazing. It installed with a standard driver.

I went to intel's website and downloaded the Matrix Storage manager. It is reported to allow NCQ and allow for even quicker operation. When I tried to install it, the installer stopped saying this was not the right software.

The laptop's performance is stellar. But would it be significantly faster if I install the MManager? It would seem this drive would need a special driver. I havent benchmarked it, just worlds apart fromt he old 5400rpm drive.

I will say I did not use Intel's "detect my drive" but rather browsed to the X25 driver page.

I am also planning on upgrading floor users pc's to SSD drives as some pc's take 5-15 minutes to boot due to the excessive use of their hard drives.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
There's no reason to install the Matrix Manager.    NCQ has NO impact with an SSD ... since there's no physical seek involved, this "elevator seeking" feature (NCQ) doesn't make any difference.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
One other question:   What OS are you using?    Windows 7 is fully SSD aware and supports TRIM, which will ensure the SSD retains its performance.    If you're using an earlier OS, you should download and install the SSD Toolbox from Intel.
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MikehydeAuthor Commented:
I am running XP pro. Planning to go to Windows7 soon.

I will check out the SSD toolbox. thanks.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Forgot to include the link -- I'm sure you can easily find it as well, but since I have it bookmarked, here 'tis:  http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18455
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MikehydeAuthor Commented:
perfect. I was unaware of SSD tools before posting this question.
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