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Recommended drive for SSD Caching?

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I would like to try SSD caching using eboostr software (www.eboostr.com), and later, when I upgrade to Ivy + Z77, with Intel's RST.

Would a 64GB Crucial M4 be a good choice? Any better options?
Also anyone have any experience with eboostr for SSD Caching?

Thanks in advance!
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Intel's X25 series has much better random writes than the competition, and I suspect that would be important for caching.
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If you know how to manage disk space.... don't use caching.

Caching only improves read performance of commonly used files/blocks.
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^^^Why I went P67.

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Why bother caching? only squid servers do caching because of it's job to save cache for fast access. but if you really want for good high reliable for caching then go for SAS/2.
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post #6 of 9
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Well If I wanted to put my OS and progs on SSD, I'd need at least a 240GB, while for caching I could get away with a 64GB, or even 40GB drive.

So yeah, at the end of the day, I simply can't afford buying a 240GB SSD.

I'm fully aware that caching only benefits reads, but I reckon if that speeds up application loading and general 'snappyness' to an extent, it could be worth it.
Edited by Captain Bucket - 7/27/11 at 1:13pm
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I'm thinking about giving caching a shot I picked up a z68 board and 1155 system, gonna throw it together tonight and see. Thinking of setting up the system the way I have it now(c300 boot drive) first and then after a week or so going to cache setup and see if I notice much of a difference in the two. I will try and post results if your interested. I don't really have a problem managing my disk space although at times its a little annoying to have to remember to send it to d rather then c but I would hope for some faster access to things that wont fit on my smaller boot drive.
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Yup, would definitely be interested in hearing how they compare, even if it's just impressions - no serious benchmarks or anything required.
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Well, I had the day off yesterday so after getting everything together and doing some quick games in bfbc2 and downloading and installing a bunch of apps and stuff on both setups I have to say that I'm not sold on ssd caching. It just didn't seem as responsive as having an ssd boot drive. The loss of the ability to reformat windows easily and quickly is also annoying as well. I decided to go back to a boot drive setup. Now given I didn't spend much longer then 6-8 hours in the ssd cache setup and from what I understand it can take bit longer to get your cache built up to see real benefits from it. But I also kind of question writing to much to the ssd whether or not it would shorten it's lifespan? I remember when I got mine people were saying to not write and delete too much to it or it would just die. Not sure if that's still true since I kinda fell out of the loop in that market. I'm sorry I didn't come bearing charts or benches or anything but imo if i had a chance to do it over I would have just picked up the p67 board and gone with a ssd boot drive, since that's what I'm doing now and not using anything from z68.

I didn't remember how slow computers were before the ssd, I don't think I can ever go back to just a disk drive.
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