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Z68 SRT & SSD partition

I am trying to figure out the best way to set up SSD caching on a z68 for me. I am wondering if it were possible to get a 120gb SATA III SSD and partition some of it for caching and the rest for boot drive/apps.

I forgot where but I read that SSd caching has a limit of 64gb. Would there be any difference in performance if I did less than 64gb?

Is partitioning a SSD a bad idea? I also heard that you want to run SSDs below 80% of their capacity for best performance, so that would leave me with 96gb. - 64gb for caching leaving me with 32 for boot/apps.

Would this set up work? BTW I would be pairing the SSD with a Samsung HD103SJ. and a 2tb for storage.
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  1. Nvm, I found my answer re-reading the article. It is possible, but I think I will avoid all that drama and just get a small SSD to pair with my HD.

    I am wondering if this A-DATA 64gb would be any good.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211420
    I don't think it has trim, would I still need trim on a SSD thats only being used as a cache?
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    TRIM is a Microsoft Windows 7 function. Windows 7 uses it to pass data deletion information to the ssd. By default TRIM is enabled.

    If you install a single SATA based ssd, the drive will recognize the Windows TRIM function. The ssd will use the TRIM's data deletion information in conjunction with the ssd's own garbage collection process.

    If you install multiple ssd's in a RAID array, then the TRIM function will not work. The drives will rely on their own garbage collection.

    If you already have an Intel P67 based motherboard, then a Z68 board will not do you much good. Any performance gain is very very minimal. Intell is just filling in a few empty spots between the P67 and H67 motherboards. If you have an older motherboard, then it might be worth the cost.

    Looks like you already figured out that simply installing a solid state drive is your best bet for performance. It is not necessary to partition a ssd. It is not necessary to reserve drive space as it is already taken care of by overprovisioning.

    Here are a few links to technical reviews of s592 series ssd's:

    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/22119-data-s592-128gb-ssd-review.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-x25-m-vertex,2399.html

    http://www.techspot.com/review/181-solid-state-drive-roundup2/page5.html

    http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3090/a_data_s592_128gb_solid_state_disk/index.html

    http://www.overclock.net/ssd/772435-data-32gb-s592-raid-0-mini.html

    Finally, here is a link to Windows 7 and SSD optimization guides:

    http://thessdreview.com/category/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/
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  5. eric4277 said:
    Nvm, I found my answer re-reading the article. It is possible, but I think I will avoid all that drama and just get a small SSD to pair with my HD.

    I am wondering if this A-DATA 64gb would be any good.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211420
    I don't think it has trim, would I still need trim on a SSD thats only being used as a cache?


    Hi Eric, I have some question about this topic, which article did you find your answer in?
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