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i'm downloading drivers manually for a clean install on my laptop and putting in an SSD.

anyone know if the express cache is worth using with my SSD?
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I would disable ExpressCache when upgrading from a HDD to SSD. The cache is faster than an HDD but slower than a true SSD.
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thx, thats what i thought

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I have a series 7 gaming and I am about to install an SSD as well, but in the bios I did not see an option to disable express cache so would not installing the drivers be all i need to disable it or will it cause an issue still?
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Hi Topgearfan,

I would recommend contacting Samsung technical support via http://www.samsung.com/us/support

-Alex
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I have a series 7 gaming and I am about to install an SSD as well, but in the bios I did not see an option to disable express cache so would not installing the drivers be all i need to disable it or will it cause an issue still?

If you do a fresh install of Windows on your SSD, the ExpressCache definitely won't cause any issues. In this scenario, you have to go out of your way to enable it again (install ExpressCache drivers, install Samsung's EasySetup utility, and enable caching in EasySetup). However, if you use an imaging tool to copy the existing Samsung-provided installation of Windows from your HDD to your SSD, you will need to manually disable ExpressCache (the steps are pretty much the opposite of what I just listed above).

If you want to be sure it's no longer being used as a cache, feel free to format it (after disabling it, of course) and use it for general file storage.
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I did the install last night and I did not reinstall the drivers for expresscache. There is no option I can find in BIOS to disable it. I did not install samsungs easysetup utility or the software that enables the touchpad functions for the hotkeys for wifi/sound etc. I noticed a major lag when hitting those. IT taks several seconds for the PC to respond and show the on screen confirmation of what you are doing. Now I dont see that confirmation but the function happens immediately which is nice. I had the DOlby Hometheater V4 pre installed on the HDD and I had to do a copy past from it to my SSD but I have to go into the folder and open the application for it to work. It used to just be in the icon tray on the HDD. Looks like I would have to buy it again and it aint cheap if I want it to work that way. I did a lot of the SSD tweaks that SW has in his sticky in the SSD section. The speeds are not as fast as my desktop M4. IT showed a best of 491/193 read write speed and my desktop gets 525/203. I think the speed stepping of the laptop is casuing it. When running CPUID I see the speed jumping around from 1.1ghz to 3.2 even in the gaming mode. It is not consistant. I read that other people have the same thing goin on with theirs.
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I would disable ExpressCache when upgrading from a HDD to SSD. The cache is faster than an HDD but slower than a true SSD.

Just to expand on the point I made earlier, I had an opportunity to benchmark a 16GB SanDisk i100 today. This is the integrated SSD that Samsung uses as the ExpressCache drive on the Series 5 when it is factory-equipped with the HDD option.

In short, the i100 is only good at one thing: sequential reads, which is exactly what one looks for in a cache drive. However, as the results show, its overall performance is not even close to a dedicated SSD. The i100 should definitely be disabled when replacing the HDD with a SSD.





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