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Intel Rapid Start and Smart Response - seeking advice!

post #1 of 5
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Hello everybody!

I trying to decide if I should use Intel Rapid Start and Smart Response in my new setup.

I got z77 board, so I already know that I can run this.


I got the following drives:
2. OCZ Vertex turbo 60gb SSD
1. 1.5tb 7200rpm Seagate

I have been thinking about the following 3 possible configuration:

Configuration 1:
1 OCZ Vertex turbo 60gb SSD as Intel Rapid Start
1 OCZ Vertex turbo 60gb SSD as Smart Response
1 1.5tb 7200rpm Seagate as windows 7 boot, programs, and storage.

Configuration 2:
2 OCZ Vertex turbo 60gb SSD in raid0 as windows 7 boot and install the most used programs.
1 1.5tb 7200rpm Seagate as storage.

Configuration 3:
1 OCZ Vertex turbo 60gb SSD as windows 7 boot.
1 OCZ Vertex turbo 60gb SSD as Smart Response.
1 1.5tb 7200rpm Seagate as storage and installing programs.


Which configuration would be the most efficient and best performance or is there another configurations that I havn't thought of?

The advantage with using Smart Response is that I do not have to worry about disk space since I can keep all installations on the 1.5tb disk.

thanks in advance!
post #2 of 5
I would skip both Smart Response and Intel Rapid Start, it's too much complication for too little benefit.

Just go with "Configuration 2".
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post #3 of 5
How much RAM do you have? Rapid Start only requires the equivalent of your RAM number so there shouldn't be any reason that you couldn't have both a Cache and Hibernation partition together on one 60GB SSD. I'm using Rapid Start and ExpressCache together on an mSATA drive on my Lenovo w530. I can't comment on Intel's Caching but I really appreciate Rapid Start - it's much faster than regular hibernation and/or a full shutdown/restart cycle even with an SSD boot drive. ExpressCache is caching a 1TB HST that is in the Optical Drive bay.

I did have to wrestle with stuff a bit to get everything the way I wanted but I'm very happy with the way everything is working now. So essentially, I'd encourage "Option 3" but just use whatever space you have left from the creation of an Hibernation Partiton (Rapid Start) to use for Smart Response cache space.
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I've got an extra SSD available now, it is a 64gb kingston.

Should I run 3 SSD in raid0 or 2 SSD in raid0 and 1 SSD for Smart Response?
post #5 of 5
I'd still suggest using one SSD of that size for both Smart Response and Rapid Start.
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