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Right now I would ideally like to only spend somewhere around $100 for a SSD. So I was wondering if it would be better to get a small SSD and use it as a cache or have it as an OS drive and manage files. I just feel like it might eventually become quite tedious to move all my applications between my hard drives and the SSD. So a few questions.

Which would be more ideal?

Does the speed of the SSD make a bigger difference if used as a cache?
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Z68 SSD caching is awesome! Ludicrous speed compared to just an HDD.
     
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Z68 SSD caching is awesome!
this!

note that the max storage you can have as cache is 60Gb
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this!

note that the max storage you can have as cache is 60Gb
Exactly. I only have 32GB of cache space and so far it's been plenty.
     
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Personally I'd rather have a separate 64GB SSD (C300 perhaps?) and HDD. I don't really like the idea of the two being tied together with the Z68 caching system. However, I think SSD caching is a pretty neat deal, and I'm sure it would work great.
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Personally I'd rather have a separate 64GB SSD (C300 perhaps?) and HDD. I don't really like the idea of the two being tied together with the Z68 caching system. However, I think SSD caching is a pretty neat deal, and I'm sure it would work great.

Why don't you "like the idea"?
Edited by claymanhb - 8/10/11 at 9:16am
     
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Why don't you like the idea?
I'm just assuming here, but it seems like it would make removing/swapping either the SSD or HDD by itself impossible. I'd rather be able to have each drive be its own entity, more or less. Regarding the performance aspect, I'd also like to choose which programs fully benefit from the SSD, but it sounds like SSD caching provides good results.
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I'm just assuming here, but it seems like it would make removing/swapping either the SSD or HDD by itself impossible. I'd rather be able to have each drive be its own entity, more or less. Regarding the performance aspect, I'd also like to choose which programs fully benefit from the SSD, but it sounds like SSD caching provides good results.
You can swap either at any time. So if your SSD fails then just switch it out with a new one and keep all the data that was on the HDD. They are not bound to eachother like raid 0.
     
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Ah, cool. I guess I was thinking the other way, too. Like if I wanted to pull the HDD to put it in another machine and just use the SSD temporarily. I guess you just have to look at it as the SSD + HDD being your boot drive. Thanks for the info.
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Thanks guys. Anyone know if having a Sata II vs a Sata III drive will make performance better with SSD caching or just generally about the same?

Are the 6gb/s sata ports on the same raid controller as the 3gb/s sata ports on the asus p8z68 deluxe?
Edited by shadowedice - 8/10/11 at 12:19pm
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