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Smart Response with a full SSD?

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I've got a Vertex3, 2tb Seagate and a Z68 board on it's way, and I'm planning how to configure my drives.

Firstly, I'm assuming that I can make a 20gb partition on the Vertex for Smart Response caching, and use the remaining 100gb as a system drive.

Secondly, has anyone tested out this kind of setup? On the one hand loosing 20gb of "full" ssd space seems like a huge sacrifice on an already small drive, but on the other a 20gb ssd cache for my 200gb steam install sounds like I'll have the advantage of whatever games I'm currently playing being sped up.

Thoughts?
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It seems like a good idea. I don't have any first hand experience, but from what I've seen on launch day you can configure Smart Response to do exactly what you need.
About the 20/100GB (more like 20/90 real GB) division I suggest changing the ratio a bit. If on your system drive you don't plan to install lots of things, 60GB are enough (even less actually). This would leave some 60GB for Smart Response to do its thing, which should help to cover better the whole 200GB Steam Folder. Maybe you can even change this ratio on the fly, you can experiment to see at which point more SRT-dedicated space doesn't help any more.
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I always forget that I won't get the full size written on the box I hadn't thought of using more space for caching either, so thanks for the idea.

Ideally I'd like to get my "essential" apps, Visual Studio and maybe a non steam game or two on the ssd partition. I'll have to do some digging and see what size for SRT would be optimal.

It's like the old days all over again - managing small drives
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