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I started a thread on another forum, but figured I'd start one here.

I used a 64GB Kingston SSDNow V+100 to test out just how well the Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT) really was using it on my four Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB's in RAID 10.

First thing I did was launch StarCraft 2. The initial loading time would not see any benefits since it isn't cached, and thus took somewhere along 10 - 15 seconds. However, once I exited and launched it again, it was barely 1 second!

Then, I was curious. How would a benchmark look (HD Tune Pro Extra Tests)?

Well... see for yourself.
First run (no benefit since there's no cache):
[ATTACH]234065[/ATTACH]

Second run (is now cached):
[ATTACH]234066[/ATTACH]

Anyways, here's my question.

Does anyone know, or know of a link, that explains how the cache clears when it becomes saturated?

My guesses:
1. It's a serialized type of cache. For instance, if the disk gets saturated, the first cached item gets cleared to make room.

or

2. It's prioritized. So, say you launched 20 different programs, and you add a 21st. The first of that program doesn't get cleared to make room, instead, the least used program(s) get cleared instead.

I'm hoping for #2, and it would make sense, but am hoping for something official.
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I would like to know how to set this up, i cant find any guides on here frown.gif
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Originally Posted by fibre_optics;15369554 
I would like to know how to set this up, i cant find any guides on here frown.gif

Put your ssd (max 64gb) in your system like a normal harddrive and download Intel Smart Response Technology from your motherboards manufactor list. Mine is Asus, so I can download mine here http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68V_PRO/#download
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Your RAID array drives have to be on the Intel Ports, along with your SSD. You won't be able to use the Marvell ports as well.
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I also use this to accelerate my RAID 10. It's a great option. Anantech has an analysis of the performance that gives a little more data
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