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Corsair SSD Performance Decrease
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I got my new Corsair Nova V6 64 GB Solid State Drive 2 weeks back. When I first installed it it was very fast and I got hard disk rating 7.3 at Windows Experience Index but in just 2 weeks the rating is gone down to 7.1 and boot time has also increased by 5 seconds. Will the SSD performance fall so fast?
Did i made a mistake shifting from RAID (Normal Hard Drive) to SSD?
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