Ok first off this is not a "tweak my rig" thread, I want stock settings - not overclock or anything- FIRST.
Ok let me explain all of this. I got this i7 rig a while ago and it's been.. problematic and full of things I never thought up until it arrived... so hopefully when this is done I will better understand this whole system, and perhaps help someone in the long run.
The install went smoothly, it was stock set up so pretty much just "plug it in" and turn it on. 1 foul up was I am not used to a power switch on the back of the PSU- so I thought something went incredibly wrong with nothing happened... until I went to pull the cord out and felt the little switch and went "duh! I bet the PSU power is off!"
Things I never thought of at the time- SATA port usage, air flow restrictions, noise levels.
This was my first setup that included SATA, and since it seemed "the way of the future" I went and made sure even my DVD drive was SATA. I don't know if it matters - but does the arrangement of the HDD/DVD in the SATA ports affect any kind of performance? Like should ports 1/2 be for HDD's and 3/4 optical, or 1/3, 2/4, etc..... Not sure if it really matters, but it bothers me that I don't have a clear answer on the matter.
Count this as question 1. (so you can put answers like "1. no")
Air flow. My case is a "standard mid tower" type - it's fairly old - and does NOT have front Audio ports (to give a little insight on how old) so with all this new stuff in - it's fairly crowded and has poor air flow management, I will be getting a HAF 932 case, so it will be better, with much better cable management support. There are no questions about this topic, just informative.
Noise Levels. Another thing I didn't really care to look into - although my Stock fan on the CPU seems silent enough (I don't notice it) the only sound I hear is from the old GPU - which appears to be going out. Make sure you get high quality fans (larger at lower RPM) for silent systems. (Again no questions, just informative)
Now that it is together, the DVD drive seems.... very much lacking in performance. I am fairly sure this is my exact model : Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
When I put a game in, say , Fallout 3, I can hear it spin a bit(after about.. 10 seconds)- but the AutoLuancher doesn't seem to come up for a bit longer, if ever. (I just did this to time and check and.... 30 seconds after closing the drive or so - it finally launches) This seems .. extremely slow for a "SATA" drive with the specifics it listed....
Questions 2, 3, and 4:
Is this drive lacking in performance compared to other DVD burners?
Could it be my Windows Settings affecting the DVD speeds? (Windows 7 64bit, standard)
What can we do, or check, to see if it's my drive, it's settings, setup or other for problems?
Now I can't really go into too much Game Performance or anything, since my old GPU is bottle necking my whole system down, but if I have performance problems (compared to what I expect... or maybe my expectations are too high?) with my 4890 @ stock - then I will add on to this.
What I want to do is get things working..as I feel they "should" be, just stock speeds, or in case of RAM- the advertised 1600 speed and timings. My signature will have most of the details you need.
If any further details are needed, please just ask - like "what harddrive do you have" or what not, I will add it (oh and it will be added to my sig shortly :P)