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SSD caching, is it worth it?
Old 11th September 2011
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SSD caching, is it worth it?

I'm about to build a new i7-2600 system and I'm considering buying one of these new Z68 Gigabyte mobos with SSD caching. Is it worth it? Does it really work? Wouldn't it be just the same as using a conventional mobo and an SSD as your system drive? Well, OK, I understand the advantage of having the caching work on all your HD's and not only your OS drive, but is it safe to use with audio data?

I'm seeking answers by people who have actually used this system with their DAW's.
Old 11th September 2011
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It basically works with Win7's "readyboost" and will move the 'optimized' data that readyboost moves to the start of the disk, based on what is most accessed. So if you want to use a SATA magnetic drive and are impressed with fast boots and app load times for frequently used apps, then I suppose it has some value. The Intel 310m (iirc) drive that is meant to use with that chipset seems to perform relatively well and is well spec'd in terms of longevity/write cycles.
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