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February 21, 2014 1:40:48 PM

Hey guys, just bought myself a Samsung SSD EVO 250gb and was wondering if Rapid Mode is worth enabling? Got 16gb of ram. Will it decrease the lifespan or something like that if I do decide to enable it?

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a c 523 G Storage
February 21, 2014 2:46:31 PM

Yes, RAPID mode is worth enabling; it will only use 1GB of your RAM.
No, it won't decrease the lifespan of the SSD.
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February 22, 2014 1:12:44 AM

Dereck47 said:
Yes, RAPID mode is worth enabling; it will only use 1GB of your RAM.
No, it won't decrease the lifespan of the SSD.


Thanks for the quick answer, appreciate it! :) 
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a c 87 G Storage
March 21, 2014 9:19:04 PM

I know it's a month old but I just saw and thought I should respond.

1) Rapid Mode uses "up to 1GB". It seems to scale automatically, and from what I can tell it only uses 50MB if you have 2GB of System RAM (2048MB). I have 8GB installed presently and I think there's a glitch because it says "138161" which is more memory than I have installed.

I'm also showing 7.9GB like I do without Rapid Cache in the Task Manager, and Samsung Magician is using 19.9MB so I'm not sure where Rapid Cache is. Perhaps it's part of Samsung Magician and that will get larger as time goes on.

2) It's not necessarily "worth it"; it benefits benchmark tests, but I've looked at several in-depth reviews and could NOT find a good review that found it benefitted overall.

There are PLENTY of superficial tests that say it benefits.

3) There are scenarios were the performance is LOWER by using Rapid Mode. I don't have the link handy though.

4) Data can be LOST if power is interrupted. I tried to find out how LONG it took to update the SSD from the cache on the System RAM and could find no information (a second, 30 seconds, 20 milliseconds?)

5) Rapid Mode will add to the startup time from a cold boot. It would vary depending on how large the cache file is, but it would have to copy from the SSD into Sytem RAM so if it's probably only a few seconds at most. Still, a drawback.

6) Rapid Mode will be improved over time. So if it's NOT now (again, unclear) it MAY be in the near future.

Summary:
My advice is to NOT use it unless you can find a new, in depth review that says it is worthwhile.
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March 31, 2014 1:27:19 AM

photonboy said:
I know it's a month old but I just saw and thought I should respond.

1) Rapid Mode uses "up to 1GB". It seems to scale automatically, and from what I can tell it only uses 50MB if you have 2GB of System RAM (2048MB). I have 8GB installed presently and I think there's a glitch because it says "138161" which is more memory than I have installed.

I'm also showing 7.9GB like I do without Rapid Cache in the Task Manager, and Samsung Magician is using 19.9MB so I'm not sure where Rapid Cache is. Perhaps it's part of Samsung Magician and that will get larger as time goes on.

2) It's not necessarily "worth it"; it benefits benchmark tests, but I've looked at several in-depth reviews and could NOT find a good review that found it benefitted overall.

There are PLENTY of superficial tests that say it benefits.

3) There are scenarios were the performance is LOWER by using Rapid Mode. I don't have the link handy though.

4) Data can be LOST if power is interrupted. I tried to find out how LONG it took to update the SSD from the cache on the System RAM and could find no information (a second, 30 seconds, 20 milliseconds?)

5) Rapid Mode will add to the startup time from a cold boot. It would vary depending on how large the cache file is, but it would have to copy from the SSD into Sytem RAM so if it's probably only a few seconds at most. Still, a drawback.

6) Rapid Mode will be improved over time. So if it's NOT now (again, unclear) it MAY be in the near future.

Summary:
My advice is to NOT use it unless you can find a new, in depth review that says it is worthwhile.


Okay, will disable it then :)  Been using it since the last guy answered.
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May 12, 2014 11:15:11 PM

Actually, I felt my system feels snappier after enabling it. I'm on an EVO. Before enabling it, I could feel that it's slower (much) compared to an 830 and a Crucial M4. Enabling it brings the speed back on par with the older drives. My suggestion is ignore the reviews, just try it and if it works for you, good.

Truetonton said:
photonboy said:
I know it's a month old but I just saw and thought I should respond.

1) Rapid Mode uses "up to 1GB". It seems to scale automatically, and from what I can tell it only uses 50MB if you have 2GB of System RAM (2048MB). I have 8GB installed presently and I think there's a glitch because it says "138161" which is more memory than I have installed.

I'm also showing 7.9GB like I do without Rapid Cache in the Task Manager, and Samsung Magician is using 19.9MB so I'm not sure where Rapid Cache is. Perhaps it's part of Samsung Magician and that will get larger as time goes on.

2) It's not necessarily "worth it"; it benefits benchmark tests, but I've looked at several in-depth reviews and could NOT find a good review that found it benefitted overall.

There are PLENTY of superficial tests that say it benefits.

3) There are scenarios were the performance is LOWER by using Rapid Mode. I don't have the link handy though.

4) Data can be LOST if power is interrupted. I tried to find out how LONG it took to update the SSD from the cache on the System RAM and could find no information (a second, 30 seconds, 20 milliseconds?)

5) Rapid Mode will add to the startup time from a cold boot. It would vary depending on how large the cache file is, but it would have to copy from the SSD into Sytem RAM so if it's probably only a few seconds at most. Still, a drawback.

6) Rapid Mode will be improved over time. So if it's NOT now (again, unclear) it MAY be in the near future.

Summary:
My advice is to NOT use it unless you can find a new, in depth review that says it is worthwhile.


Okay, will disable it then :)  Been using it since the last guy answered.


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May 13, 2014 12:09:46 PM

midus said:
Actually, I felt my system feels snappier after enabling it. I'm on an EVO. Before enabling it, I could feel that it's slower (much) compared to an 830 and a Crucial M4. Enabling it brings the speed back on par with the older drives. My suggestion is ignore the reviews, just try it and if it works for you, good.

Truetonton said:
photonboy said:
I know it's a month old but I just saw and thought I should respond.

1) Rapid Mode uses "up to 1GB". It seems to scale automatically, and from what I can tell it only uses 50MB if you have 2GB of System RAM (2048MB). I have 8GB installed presently and I think there's a glitch because it says "138161" which is more memory than I have installed.

I'm also showing 7.9GB like I do without Rapid Cache in the Task Manager, and Samsung Magician is using 19.9MB so I'm not sure where Rapid Cache is. Perhaps it's part of Samsung Magician and that will get larger as time goes on.

2) It's not necessarily "worth it"; it benefits benchmark tests, but I've looked at several in-depth reviews and could NOT find a good review that found it benefitted overall.

There are PLENTY of superficial tests that say it benefits.

3) There are scenarios were the performance is LOWER by using Rapid Mode. I don't have the link handy though.

4) Data can be LOST if power is interrupted. I tried to find out how LONG it took to update the SSD from the cache on the System RAM and could find no information (a second, 30 seconds, 20 milliseconds?)

5) Rapid Mode will add to the startup time from a cold boot. It would vary depending on how large the cache file is, but it would have to copy from the SSD into Sytem RAM so if it's probably only a few seconds at most. Still, a drawback.

6) Rapid Mode will be improved over time. So if it's NOT now (again, unclear) it MAY be in the near future.

Summary:
My advice is to NOT use it unless you can find a new, in depth review that says it is worthwhile.


Okay, will disable it then :)  Been using it since the last guy answered.




Ah Okay great, will do :) 
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