I have some questions on using an mSATA drive in my motherboard.
I'm building a system based on an Ivy Bridge I7 and a Z77 Gigabit motherboard. I've spec'd a 240gb SSD as my primary drive with a 2.5 TB conventional as my other drive(s). This motherboard supports an mSATA drive directly on the motherboard to use as a cache and such for the new SMART technology.
My questions are:
1) Does this mSATA drive become my primary (C) drive where I would install the operating system, etc?
2) If it does, is there a way to use the 240GB SSD as the OS drive and still get the benefit of the SMART and such?
3) Does it really speed up the other drives by a significant amount?
4) Is it worth the extra money?
This is my first build in 5 years and one thing that never changes is the ability to get sucked up in the latest techno-babble from the component companies. I'm taking your advice and going with my original build.