I recently saw a demo of a 2 year old board by the ASUS guy about SSD Caching. This looks so simple and awesome! I'm researching my first home built PC in ~6 years (With Haswell) and would love to integrate a hybrid-type system like SRT or SSD Cache.
However, my Google-fu has revealed that there are no Z87's with either technology. Is this accurate? Did this technology get abandoned? Is there a mobo with this yet to be released?
However, This was initially developed as a "LOW" cost alternative for the HIGH cost of a SSD. The cost of a SSD has come down considerably form that time frame - A single SSD large enought to Hold OS + Programs + some gams is NOW down to =< 100 bucks. AND is BY far much better than a Small SSD + HDD.
I appreciate the reply. The problem I find with having a ~250GB drive is that I can fill that up pretty quick, then I have to start putting games on another drive ... That's not a big deal, but what if I want to play some of those older games for a while? The SSD cache/SRT will automatically cache that after the first or second play of the game, whereas the alternative is to manually move my games to the SSD for faster access--which is a royal pain, especially with games on Origin.
So, just to verify what you said, All Z87 motherboards have SRT. I had to bring up the manual for the asus z87 pro and it has it right there--Cool beans! I wonder why it wasn't mentioned on newegg's detail page.
All of my systems, Win7 OS + Programs only takes about 35 gigs, and that is after having OS active for over a year. With a 250 gig drive that should equate to approx. 192 Gigs usable. 192 - 35 = 157 Gigs avail for Games.
Tweaks I use - Savings based on a 8 gig Ram:
.. Disable Hibernation - Save 8 Gigs
.. Set Page file Min and max both to 1024 mbs - saves approx. 11 gigs
.. Limit restore folder to 1.6 gigs (each restore point takes 300 mbs and just 20 points = 6 Gigs). From 5->10 Gigs
^ 3 Tweaks saves an estimated 20->30 Gigs of SSD space (More savings if you have 16 gigs of ram.
.. All downloads go to HDD.
.. I've relocated "My Documents" older to HDD - My data files do not go on to OS + Program SSD.