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a b G Storage
November 15, 2013 11:04:52 AM

Currently i have 1tb seagate barracuda (secondary drive), 256gb seagate (primary drive) dont know what brand.

Im wondering do i need an SSD? Is it worth its price?

I dont have a sATA III port yet, but will have when i upgrade to Maximus VI Hero.

Comments please. :)  Thank you :) 

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a b G Storage
November 15, 2013 11:07:15 AM

SATA is backwards compatible. So you can plug it into a SATA 2 port. It will still be faster than your HDD, but the SSD won't be as fast as in a SATA 3 port. A SSD is a luxury and never a necessity. Only you can determine if you want to invest in it.
a b G Storage
November 15, 2013 11:09:31 AM

sadly the setup you are currently using is far from optimal. that 256gb hdd is considerably slower than your 1TB hdd. considering you want your operational drive to be fast, that is a shame.

i would, in the least, invest in a better primary drive. may as well get a ssd.
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a b G Storage
November 15, 2013 11:11:40 AM

No, you don't need one. But they are nice to have if you have the extra money laying around. You can also go this route: http://www.sandisk.com/products/ssd/sata/readycache/
You won't have to re-install Windows and all your programs. I have one on my #2 machine, and it makes the entire HDD seem as fast as a SSD. It is a persistent cache. Makes Windows boot much faster and apps open much quicker.
a b G Storage
November 15, 2013 11:24:19 AM

clutchc said:
No, you don't need one. But they are nice to have if you have the extra money laying around. You can also go this route: http://www.sandisk.com/products/ssd/sata/readycache/
You won't have to re-install Windows and all your programs. I have one on my #2 machine, and it makes the entire HDD seem as fast as a SSD. It is a persistent cache. Makes Windows boot much faster and apps open much quicker.


So basically use SSD as a cache for the hdd?

Is 64gb ssd cache solution better than 120gb ssd for primary? :) 
a b G Storage
November 15, 2013 11:30:08 AM

neon neophyte said:
sadly the setup you are currently using is far from optimal. that 256gb hdd is considerably slower than your 1TB hdd. considering you want your operational drive to be fast, that is a shame.

i would, in the least, invest in a better primary drive. may as well get a ssd.


Yeah id rather sacrifice my less efficient 256gb than loosing my 1tb altogether :) .

So yeah prolly get an ssd.
a b G Storage
November 15, 2013 11:30:44 AM

No. I'm guessing it emulates similar to a SSHD where it caches more common accessed files to allow for faster access time. It can be close to SSD performance, but it will never match a SSD.
a b G Storage
November 15, 2013 11:33:19 AM

Yes, the 32GB Sandisk SSD works as persistent cache. But it will not work as a discrete SSD.

If you decide to go the SSD route instead, get as large as you can afford. I started out with a 64GB SSD in the rig in my sig. But it quickly proved too small. That's why I am using it now as a persistent cache thanks to Intel's Rapid Store Technology. But you need a Z68 or later MB to use it.

Here is something you may want to read up on before making the switch: http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-inst...
a b G Storage
November 15, 2013 11:35:41 AM

ksham said:
No. I'm guessing it emulates similar to a SSHD where it caches more common accessed files to allow for faster access time. It can be close to SSD performance, but it will never match a SSD.


True, but you'd be surprised how close it comes. Check out this review: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/10/17/sandisk_ready...
a b G Storage
November 15, 2013 11:40:07 AM

Oh I know; I got a SSHD for my mom. It works pretty well and she doesn't have to manage a thing on it. :D  Very useful for those situations.
a b G Storage
November 15, 2013 11:43:30 AM

clutchc said:
Yes, the 32GB Sandisk SSD works as persistent cache. But it will not work as a discrete SSD.

If you decide to go the SSD route instead, get as large as you can afford. I started out with a 64GB SSD in the rig in my sig. But it quickly proved too small. That's why I am using it now as a persistent cache thanks to Intel's Rapid Store Technology. But you need a Z68 or later MB to use it.

Here is something you may want to read up on before making the switch: http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-inst...


Whats your take on an ssd primary drive + a 32gb ssd cache for the 1tb hdd?

is it over kill?
a b G Storage
November 15, 2013 11:46:42 AM

Really no need for that. SSD is for your OS and apps and maybe some games. The HDD is for storage like music, pictures, movies, etc. where you don't need fast access time because they're not slow to launch. A 120GB is sufficient for the OS, apps, and some games. If you want to load up on games, then you can opt for a 250GB SSD. But you can move games between your HDD and SSD so you don't always have to keep them on your SSD to hog up space.

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a b G Storage
November 15, 2013 12:05:29 PM
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clutchc said:
Yes, the 32GB Sandisk SSD works as persistent cache. But it will not work as a discrete SSD.

If you decide to go the SSD route instead, get as large as you can afford. I started out with a 64GB SSD in the rig in my sig. But it quickly proved too small. That's why I am using it now as a persistent cache thanks to Intel's Rapid Store Technology. But you need a Z68 or later MB to use it.

Here is something you may want to read up on before making the switch: http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-inst...


Whats your take on an ssd primary drive + a 32gb ssd cache for the 1tb hdd?

is it over kill?


It all depends on how you use your drive(s) and your main use for the PC. Personally, I would avoid that. Your best bet if you don't mind starting over with a fresh install of the OS and your pgms, is to eliminate the small HDD and make the SSD the main drive and the 1TB HDD the 2nd drive. Or if using the Ready Cache drive, have it cache the existing set up.
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