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Im building my girlfriends computer tomorrow and I have a spare Samsung 830 64gb drive. Im not gonna make it just an OS drive because that'd just confuse her and micromanage the storage between the small ssd and her mechanical drive.

I was thinking about using the Samsung drive as a 64gig cache drive. Is that a smart idea or are cache droves specifically designed for that purpose since they do have to constantly read and write while it swaps what's loaded....?

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Why wouldn't you use it for a boot drive. That defeats the purpose of having a ssd. Install it for a boot drive and teach here to store the big stuff on the mechanical drive. Once she sees how much snappier it is, she'll thank you for it. And yes using it as a cache drive is worthless, use the SSD like it is meant to be used. Thanks
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Why wouldn't you use it for a boot drive. That defeats the purpose of having a ssd. Install it for a boot drive and teach here to store the big stuff on the mechanical drive. Once she sees how much snappier it is, she'll thank you for it. And yes using it as a cache drive is worthless, use the SSD like it is meant to be used. Thanks

Umderstandable, but then she'll always have 10-20gigs unused in the ssd versus having a full drive helping as cache. Windows will get a boost since its always in use, and her AutoDesk 3ds will most likely be cached too. Anything else that's cached is a bonus. I have a 64gb ssd boot drive and its a pain the butt when you're always hovering between 2-4 gigs of free space left. That means I can't download anything larger since the file would try to go into the default download folder on the C drive. Cache drives obviously help, the benchmarks are proof of that, for her though it's more about ease of use. Sues not gonna appreciate the fact that she has a boot drive ssd like somebody in this site would. Just letting her know.that what she does often will be accelerated is enough for her.


it'd be a z68 gigabyte, haven't narrowed down the exact model, but it'll be from microcenter paired with an i7 2700k, an AMD 7950, and 16gogs of RAM


PS: sorry about some.mispelled words and grammar errors im in class now and typing this on my phone
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If you disable hibernation and turn off restore you will get a few GB's back from just doing that. But use it as a cache drive since that is what you want to do. If it works out for you then great if not you can try something else. Thanks

We all know what you are trying to say. So it isn't a issue. Now do your school work! ...lol
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Well my question wasn't SHOULD I have a cache drive/vs a boot drive, it was....Can I use any ssd as a cache drive?

can a normal ssd take that much of a constant beating? Ssd's that are marketed as cache drives seem to have a lit of safeties built in, didn't know if that was necessary or not
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There was a few peeps on toms that did it, though with the intel RST it only uses about 20GB, though Ive no exp with it so I couldnt say for certain
    
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Well my question wasn't SHOULD I have a cache drive/vs a boot drive, it was....Can I use any ssd as a cache drive?

can a normal ssd take that much of a constant beating? Ssd's that are marketed as cache drives seem to have a lit of safeties built in, didn't know if that was necessary or not
What constant beating? All it does is have the most used data put on the drive and reads most of the time as a cache.

Yes you can use any SSD as a cache. And the Samsung is fine for the task of being a cache drive.
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I would argue that the Samsung 830 is probably one of the best choices for a cache drive if read/write wear is a concern, considering how much of a beating they can take.
   
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keep in mind that ssd's have LIMITED NAND Write life cycle

specialized ssd for caching combats that by doubling the actual NAND on the drive ex" the drive would appear as 64GB but is is actually 128GB


afaik, Samsung 830 is one of the toughest ssd's out there but do not be surprised if it fail for on the long run because it seems she would be moving massive amounts of data on her computer(autodesk 3D Texture/models)
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