Virtio is indeed faster

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CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 x64 (C) 2007-2016 hiyohiyo
                           Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
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* MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
* KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes
   Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) :   551.284 MB/s
  Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) :   532.261 MB/s
  Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) :   260.682 MB/s [ 63643.1 IOPS]
 Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) :   107.983 MB/s [ 26363.0 IOPS]
         Sequential Read (T= 1) :   485.858 MB/s
        Sequential Write (T= 1) :   493.365 MB/s
   Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) :    24.036 MB/s [  5868.2 IOPS]
  Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) :    44.310 MB/s [ 10817.9 IOPS]
  Test : 100 MiB [C: 22.2% (51.3/231.4 GiB)] (x3)  [Interval=5 sec]
  Date : 2018/05/10 18:28:18
    OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 17134] (x64)
 

If using Windows in a VM, do a clean install, otherwise it’ll run like shit. Either that or something was updated that improved the Virtio speeds. Before the clean install the scores were less then SATA. The disk had way more shit on it though.

Now to play Far Cry 5 on the PS4.

To change the drive to Virtio in a VM, after installing to SATA, change an additional drive to Virtio, and install the driver, shut down, and change the main drive to Virtio. If you already did that in the past, but changed the drive back to SATA, and booted it, you have to change the additional drive to Virtio and boot, then shut down, and change the main drive to Virtio. If you don’t, then Windows will just reboot itself while booting.