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Hi,
If you already have a SSD HD there's no real advantage to have SSD caching right? unless I have a mechanical HD as storage? or am I wrong?

And is QuickSync another word for LucidLogix® Virtu? If I already have a powerful graphic cards, what need do I have for this technology? I'm always confused by this. Can someone elaborate? Thanks in advance.
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1. Right. If all you have is an SSD then you're at full speed already, nothing to accelerate. If you're on a HDD you can buy a small SSD and use that as cache
2. Yes, it's more of the same. Virtu has 2 modes: dMode and iMode. In dMode your monitor is plugged in the discrete graphics card and all is the same as without Virtu, but you get to use QuickSync. In iMode you plug the monitor in the IGP and the discrete graphics card is routed thru the IGP. The advantage is the discrete GPU can be turned off when not needed (aka outside games) and you'd save power; like Optimus on laptops. Sometimes using iMode can be glitchy and cause a small but noticeable performance loss.

Hope this answers your questions. My 2 cents: SRT is good only if you already own something like a cramped 30-40GB SSD + a data HDD - you can simplify your life by using the SSD as a cache. Virtu would be nice only if you have an Intel isomething and a discrete graphics card, but you really need access to QuickSync to speed up encoding.
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I have a few additional questions that go along with the OP.

If we didnt already have a SSD and were planning on purchasing one that around 60Gb, would it be more advantageous to put windows onto the SSD and important files on the SSD or would the cache be better?

Does the SRT work with drives in a raid 1?
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