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  1. Now we're talking: Intel Optane SSD 900P Review: 3D XPoint Unleashed
  2. It's Windows Defender (MsMpEng.exe). Ars - Massive vulnerability in Windows Defender leaves most Windows PCs vulnerable
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    Windows 7 on a Kaby Lake laptop

    KB40914 - Fix for Microsoft Pop up - Unsupported hardware message Also of interest: https://github.com/zeffy/kb4012218-19
  4. Not really sure if this will help but worth a look: How to add a driver to the DriverStore folder
  5. TELVM

    Windows 7 on a Kaby Lake laptop

    Heh heh, guess that whenever I run Windows 7 on Ryzen that will make me a blockade runner ... ... I like how that sounds.
  6. Side to side comparison of Windows 7 vs The Abomination: Ryzen 7 1800X: Windows 7 vs. Windows 10 Gaming Performance No kidding.
  7. Ex-microsoftie explains the reason: Microsoft Drops Windows 7/8.1 Support for AMD Ryzen & Intel Kaby Lake CPU & Lies About It - BUSTED! *Language warning for those sensitive to it*
  8. Sorry, I forgot that they had ruined Magician, I'm on 4.95. Wouldn't touch 5.x (useless spyware, the sign of the times ). Even 4.x needs some kicking in the rear to behave: it loves phoning home, setting itself to autostart with Windows, and you can only truly close the bugger from the notification area. If it helps for peace of mind, I still keep some ~2010 vintage SSDs and they still run like champs (one of them in a retrocomp with 98/XP, so no TRIM). I would only worry about data retention if SSD was to remain unpowered for several months in a row (voltage drift and bit rot, specially if planar TLC NAND).
  9. Quick & easy way to check partition alignment at a glance: http://www.techspot.com/downloads/6014-as-ssd-benchmark.html ^ It also benchmarks your SSDs. Whenever the internal SSD controller decides that the drive is being taxed lightly or not at all, it will do garbage collection. Modern SSDs are good at it, I would't lose sleep on that. But if we wish on the 850 EVO we can force TRIM commands at will with Magician > Perf Optimization.
  10. I went a step beyond and have been installing the whole browser (Pale Moon portable) on ramdisk for years. Lightning quick browser experience. If it isn't already, don't forget to enable AHCI before installing or cloning system to SSD.
  11. Actually wikipedia has a fairly decent entry on write amplification:
  12. Windows 7 automatically aligns SSD correctly, no worries there. I'd go for the 850 EVO 250GB, works like a charm and its 3D TLC is more reliable than the usual planar TLC crap. You can partition the SSD as you like, no worries. All SSDs come with built-in OP (Over Provisioning) space to ease wear levelling, in the case of the 250GB 850 EVO OP is 9.1% of the 256GB raw NAND capacity (i.e. ~23GB, that's why formatted capacity is only 233GB). If you're paranoid about longevity, for peace of mind you can leave some space unpartitioned, and it will be automatically used as extra OP space by the SSD internal controller. Not really needed nowadays, unless you task the SSD extremely heavily writing dozens of GBs every day. You'll love how fast the system runs from an SSD and will never look back.
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    Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5mFI9spp10 (Sorry can't post the video decently, this interface is ridiculous)