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What is "SSD Caching"?

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I've suddenly taken interest in this new feature of the Z68 platform.

But I can't find a conclusive answer on what it actually is.

If I understand it correctly, it's linked to your HDD and downloads the data you frequently use onto a small SSD so that you can access that data faster.

But then, I wonder, what's the point of it exactly?

Why not buy an SSD and place the files you frequently use on it instead of on an HDD.

And furthermore, what if all I use my HDDs for is media - is going to transfer 500GB worth of movies onto the 32GB SSD?

And why would anyone use their HDD for anything else these days?

So, what do you think - gimmick or innovation?
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http://news.softpedia.com/news/Intel...e-193560.shtml

I have no plans to use it myself.
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post #3 of 13
It's been around forever, it's called a RAMDisk.

Back on topic now, most articles are quoting vr-zone so I will too...

Quote:
Here’s a simple explanation. SSD caching marries a conventional hard drive to a relatively small solid-state drive (SSD), with the most frequently-accessed data automatically placed on the SSD for fast access while the two drives appear to users simply as a single drive much like RAID 0. The functionality serves to bring users much of the speed benefit of SSDs but with the storage capacity and lower cost of traditional hard drives. Best of both worlds it seemed.
Sort of analogous to Seagate's hybrid Momentus-XT Adaptive Memory Technology.
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Very neat, how big do these on board ssd drives tend to be?
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post #5 of 13
The guy above me explained it pretty well.

Just don't use it, all it will do is shorten the lifespan of your drive.
By a lot, I would imagine.
post #6 of 13
This is silly. Who wouldn't rather manually place what they want to on each of their drives?
Edited by loveadventurer - 4/18/11 at 9:05pm
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sooo how long do you guys think it's gonna take before someone hacks this "smart response" to work with p55/x58/p67 boards?

kinda like hacking sli/xfire on boards that dont support it
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Wouldn't that kind of read/writes eventually kill the SSD?
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post #9 of 13
These sort of things always sound good on paper but in reality the performance is usually negligible, for example 32MB and 64MB cache on hard drives or hard drives with dual processors.

Most people use their HDD for media these days (as Track noted) so what's a small ssd going to store? 1/100 of a movie? seems pointless to me.
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Originally Posted by loveadventurer View Post
This is silly. Who wouldn't rather manually place what they want to on each of their drives?
anyone who doesn't like having to tweak everything they do everyday.

I find it pretty tiresome after having to specify that I want all my **** to go on my F drive every day.
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