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http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardwar...rockethybrid/1

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The HighPoint RocketHybrid card combines the company's 88SE9130 SATA 6Gbps controller with a technology the company calls HyperDuo, designed to create hybrid storage devices that combines the best of both worlds.

When a hard drive is combined with an SSD on a RocketHybrid card, the company claims that users can access 100 per cent of the hard drive's storage capacity, while benefiting from 80 per cent of the speed boost offered by the SSD.
Silverstone released a product that did something similiar but it was a "dumb" design where it would only cache the lead portion of the HDD to a SSD.

Seagate implementation provides a read-only 4GB cache for the most commonly used sectors on the Momentus XT.

This might be better as it allows you to take advantage of falling prices.
Edited by DuckieHo - 2/2/11 at 7:38am
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I still can't believe tech like this hasn't cought on more. The XT drive itself is really quite impressive, especially when you use it as a game/app drive. I always am the first to load in about any game I play on this thing, and I hardly notice the slowdown when I moved these apps/games from my main ssd.
    
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I can't wait for a review of this. It could be really good or really bad.
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Oh that sounds like a sweet piece of equipment. Let me see if I get this straight (did not read article but will shortly here):

You have 1 SSD and 1 HDD (example) and essentially this cards combines the two in such a way that you get to use 100% of your HDD space while it uses the SSD as a 'cache' for the files being accessed.

Sounds pretty sweet to me.
    
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I still can't believe tech like this hasn't cought on more. The XT drive itself is really quite impressive, especially when you use it as a game/app drive. I always am the first to load in about any game I play on this thing, and I hardly notice the slowdown when I moved these apps/games from my main ssd.
This technology has been avaliable on server-level RAID controllers for maybe a year now. Good to see it is trickling down now.
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Iiiiiinteresting.... *strokes non-existent goatee*
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got a typo in your title duckie..


This looks interesting... I to am in favor of reviews.
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The group I'm working for is getting a new performance test server. It's going to have 8 SSDs and numerous regular HDDs, supposedly with this type of technology implemented. Can't wait to play with it
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It really just makes the two a large drive. The solid state drive seeks for the data and the hard disc drive contains the data.

1.Command>SSD
2.SSD>HDD
3.SSD>Command
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The group I'm working for is getting a new performance test server. It's going to have 8 SSDs and numerous regular HDDs, supposedly with this type of technology implemented. Can't wait to play with it
Do you know what controller?

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It really just makes the two a large drive. The solid state drive seeks for the data and the hard disc drive contains the data.

1.Command>SSD
2.SSD>HDD
3.SSD>Command
That doesn't make sense... why would a SSD seek for data if it doesn't contain the data. What would be the performance gain from the SSD?




I found the official website: http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/series_rh122x.htm

It looks like it is not smart caching.... but the user defines what directories should be on the SSD. It probably uses something like junction points.
Edited by DuckieHo - 2/2/11 at 7:57am
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