Looking at the three windows power modes, and the impact on SSD performance

Looking at the three windows power modes, and the impact on SSD performance


Review: A quick look at the three windows power modes, and their impact on SSD perfromance

Written by: Antonis Sapanidis




After a lot of blue screens and no USB 3 storage device working on the USB 3 port, keep in mind that everything USB 2 worked
perfectly, I had had enough. So it was time to retire the Gigabyte p55a-ud4 and the i5 750 and move to a high end desktop PC. No no no it’s not X299 or X370. I
simply used the PC that I leave on to do all my downloads, although now I have to use it daily for whatever I do daily, and that mainly is listening to music.
The problem though was it felt very sluggish. I know that the Intel Celeron g3900 isn’t the best CPU that you can get, but it should be capable of doing
all the things that I need without any issues. Plus that PC has an SSD, and it’s a Netac m.2, so there should not be any speed issues when it comes to SSD

After a few hour of trying to find how and
why this piece of !@#$%^&*. runs that slow, I remembered I had set the power plan to
power saver. Very smart move if you are using the PC to download and you are
connecting to it through team viewer, however real world usage is another
story, and at first look it appeared to have too much of an impact for my

As expected the question that immediately
came to my brain was, how much difference there is between the three different
power modes? Which is the best for all my daily tasks? Okay, I will say that I
did not lose any sleep over it, but I wanted an answer. Let’s try to answer this,
and as always as scientifically as possible.

Three victims were selected for this test, the
first one would be my current PC high end dual core system, it has the cheapest
case that money can buy, a Thermaltake 400WW PSU, an ASUS H100-A/m.2
motherboard with the latest BIOS, the Intel Celeron G3900 clocked at its default
speed, the RAM is 2x4GB kit of Crucial
2133Mhz DDR4
, a Netac N580
m.2 SSD
, and two mechanical hard drives, both of them 500GB, a WD Blue
2.5″ and a Seagate 3.5″.

Victim number two would be the system that I
am using to review all the RAM and SSDs, so you probably know that it has a
Seasonic 750W PSU, an MSI GTX960 2GB, 4x8GB
Corsair Vengeance RGB
, the ASUS X99-A motherboard with the latest BIOS, and
an Intel 5820K clocked at 4.4GHz, the SSD for this test would be the ADATA

The Last victim for this test would be my
Dell laptop. It’s an Inspiron 3537, with an I5 4200U CPU, 2x8GB of Crucial
, and a Crucial
M500 480GB SSD

So to start this test, I will be using
Anvils Benchmark and Crystal Disk Mark, I will be running them only once, although
I should probably have done this test at least 4-5 times to give you the average
result, but it’s July and the temperatures are high, plus this isn’t a detailed
view, so only one run will do that job, and present you with the results.

To start with a bad Joke I will be calling
the Celeron G3900 a high end dual core PC. So time to start testing and what
better way to start with a high end system.


Let’s head to the next page and see what
result I get with the high end dual core PC.