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April 11, 2012 3:20:41 PM

Just finished a new build and am wondering: Are there any potential issues with adding an SSD in a few months to take advantance of the Smart Response technology? Is it worth taking advantage of this technology (i.e., user reviews appreciated)

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April 11, 2012 3:32:47 PM

http://www.ukgamingcomputers.co.uk/difference-between-h...

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Finally, another feature of a Z68 chipset is known as SSD caching [aka Smart Response] which is where it allows the use of a small (say 10 or 20 GB) Solid state hard drive to act as a cache for a larger ‘traditional’ hard disk. If you are already planning the use of a Solid State drive this feature is redundant.

If you can’t afford a decent size SSD (40GB+) then there are more cost effective ways around using a small SSD and SSD cashing like spending less on a motherboard, (H67 chipset or even a P67 chipset) and putting the saved money into a decent size SSD.
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April 11, 2012 3:36:41 PM

I am unclear on what the above is saying: I am indeed using a 60gb OCZ Agility SSD for the OS, so does this mean that to add another small SSD for Caching is "Redundant"?

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April 11, 2012 4:15:35 PM

erwinna said:
I am unclear on what the above is saying: I am indeed using a 60gb OCZ Agility SSD for the OS, so does this mean that to add another small SSD for Caching is "Redundant"?


It's not redundant, it's "either" "or". The O/S has to be installed on your HDD in order to use Intel SRT.

So either you install the O/S on your SSD and use your HDD as a data/storage drive, or you install your O/S on the HDD and use SRT to cache the SSD.
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April 11, 2012 5:02:28 PM

You'll get better performance using the SSD for OS, and HDD as data/media storage.

But to answer your OP: NO! You can add a SSD as a cache drive whenever. You'll need to install iRST to do it, which is probably on the motherboard driver CD. But I'd get the latest version from Intel.
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April 21, 2012 12:08:06 AM

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