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Z68 SRT Setup (SSD Caching)

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Smart Response Technology (SRT) is a proprietary caching mechanism introduced by Intel for their Z68 chipset (for the Sandy Bridge–series processors), which allows a SATA solid-state drive (SSD) to function as cache for a (conventional, magnetic) hard disk drive.
A good write-up is here:
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fea...ew_z68_chipset

I have a 60GB SDD and a 1TB HDD coming along with a Z68 mobo, and am looking into using SRT. Unfortunately, you cannot use the same drive Windows is loaded onto for SRT, even if it is partitioned. So the options I have are:
  • Use whole SSD for SRT (probably not the best option)
  • Use SSD for SRT, with a partition to install games and some programs onto
  • Use SSD as boot drive and keep most programs on HDD
On the third option, Windows will be snappy but everything on the HDD will be slow. On the second option, the HDD will be accelerated, but the Windows install will not be as fast as if it were booting from the SSD.

Which is the better option?

Thanks in advance for any help!
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option 2 or 3

most modern hdds all do 100 MB/s so you'll only notice a setback for applications that require fast access speeds.

I run option 3 on my setup withouth the SRT technology and it's fine

whatver needs to be fast get dumped onto the ssd and legacy data on my hdd

access speeds will be noticable between ssd and hdd when doing power computing type work (something other than gaming with a real-world purpose)

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How about boot-up speeds? How much slower will they be on the SRT setup? And, will the OS feel less responsive?
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