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May 16, 2013 12:43:35 PM

So I spent the last night miserably trying to get my SRT working so I could use my ssd as a cache. I have my intel 840 pro 128gb SSD as the boot drive, I left just over half of it unallocated.

1. Is a p55 FTW (sli edition if that matters) even compatible? (I have read both that it is, and is not, so still confused on this rather important point)

2. If its not compatible, I'd still like to know how to get persistent caching working on it. I play an enormous amount of steam games, and I bounce around from so many programs every day that I'm convinced it would be effective. What software could I use?
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May 16, 2013 3:52:57 PM

You cant cache the boot drive if its on the ssd. Caching is for caching an HDD.

reinstall or clone windows to the HDD.
Delete the boot partition on the SSD
boot into windows via HDD
Enable caching in RST and set it to what you want. I beleive 64gb is still the max cache size.
partition the remaining to use as data/programs.

From the way you describe your play style caching may not help you much. Caching is good at speeding up frequently accessed files by storing them on the ssd. Infrequently used files wont get cached and therefor not sped up.
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May 16, 2013 5:47:47 PM

popatim said:
You cant cache the boot drive if its on the ssd. Caching is for caching an HDD.

reinstall or clone windows to the HDD.
Delete the boot partition on the SSD
boot into windows via HDD
Enable caching in RST and set it to what you want. I beleive 64gb is still the max cache size.
partition the remaining to use as data/programs.

From the way you describe your play style caching may not help you much. Caching is good at speeding up frequently accessed files by storing them on the ssd. Infrequently used files wont get cached and therefor not sped up.


I read that a simple workaround was to install windows on an HDD, and set up the cache (64GB, half of the SSD), then partition the rest for an OS. Why wouldn't that be possible?

I did your steps 12 different ways yesterday (sata raid mode windows installs mostly, failing at getting SRT to accelerate/work with raid drivers. Is the p55 FTW compatible with SRT?

Theres something wrong with my setup for sure, and I'm not talking about what im TRYING to do. I made my ssd my boot drive for now. Best option for performance at the moment. I would love to get a cache working on the drive though..
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May 16, 2013 6:30:20 PM

The older LGA Socket 1156 motherboards with Intel P55 Chipsets produce mixed results with modern 3rd generation SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd's. Sometimes they work at SATA 2 3Gb/s performance levels and sometimes they don't. That's why you read that they work and that they don't work. It's a crapshoot.
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May 16, 2013 6:46:36 PM

JohnnyLucky said:
The older LGA Socket 1156 motherboards with Intel P55 Chipsets produce mixed results with modern 3rd generation SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd's. Sometimes they work at SATA 2 3Gb/s performance levels and sometimes they don't. That's why you read that they work and that they don't work. It's a crapshoot.


Well I got it running at just under max sata 2 speeds, so I have no complaints. So SRT is possible on the board?
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a c 878 G Storage
May 16, 2013 6:47:30 PM

P55 definitely supports RST.
http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/sb/CS-020644...

Then I realized its not RST you need. its SRT for caching which intel doesnt support until z68. There are some people who have modded the bios to update the chipset firmware, you need 10.5.1 i think, but I didnt see any for your board.
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May 16, 2013 6:58:03 PM

popatim said:
P55 definitely supports RST.
http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/sb/CS-020644...

Then I realized its not RST you need. its SRT for caching which intel doesnt support until z68. There are some people who have modded the bios to update the chipset firmware, you need 10.5.1 i think, but I didnt see any for your board.


Ah I see. Thanks VERY much for that info.

I wonder, will using fancycache on the ssd have any positive effect?
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