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SSd 60Gb ASus ssd caching? or just boot drive

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August 2, 2012 11:50:56 PM

Hi i have a WD caviar black sata II 640GB hard disk and i bought the asus z77deluxe. My question is, if i mainly do gaming and browsing whats better, ssd caching or just use the OCZ Agility 3 60GB for a boot drive and some hardcore games
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August 3, 2012 12:27:14 AM

OCZ Agility 3 60GB for a boot drive and some hardcore games < grab a 120 gb ssd for this .
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August 3, 2012 12:30:59 AM

Depends on how many programs and games you will be installing on the SSD.

The 60GB after formatting is 55.8GB. A Windows 7 install with all Service Packs and updates is around 20GB. So you're looking at around 36GB of space left to install your programs and games.
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August 3, 2012 12:32:32 AM

With the price point on the 120 to 128's way down go with the 120 or 128.
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August 3, 2012 12:41:13 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
With the price point on the 120 to 128's way down go with the 120 or 128.


^ +10
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August 3, 2012 5:42:55 AM

^5 what Area51reopened and Dereck47 said.

There are some fantastic sales on 120 & 128 GB ssd's. They only cost a little bit more than 64GB ssd's. Here is an example:

http://www.logicbuy.com/features/best-ssd-deals

64GB is the point where it no longer makes sense to use the ssd as a cache. Just use it as a normal ssd.
August 5, 2012 6:27:55 PM

i already got the 60GB. I sacrificed the 3770 non K for the 3570K cos everyone told me i wasnt going to notice the difference and with my case and cooler i could just keep it at 4.0Ghz and play my games. Im just asking whats the best thing to do with it... I just play games on 1920x1080 and web browsing
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August 5, 2012 6:59:42 PM

Boot drive.

There is a lot of misunderstanding about caching. Intel developed caching for clients and businesses that could not afford a large capacity ssd. Back when the concept was on the drawing board, Intel hoped clients and businesses would purchase a small 10Gb or 20GB for about $100.00. Microsoft Windows 7 and all software applications would remain on hard disk drives. The cache only produced a minor boost in hard drive performance. Intel hoped that once clients saw the slight performance boost they might be inclined to purchase a larger ssd for much better performance.

Intel also researched the size of the cache. Intel determined that a 60GB ssd was the point where it made no sense to use the ssd as a cache for a hard drive. Instead if you have a 60GB or larger capacity ssd, then Windows 7 and software applications should be installed on the ssd to take full advantage of the ssd capabilities.

Since you have a 60GB ssd, it makes more sense to install Windows 7 your applications and a couple of your favorite games on the ssd. The ssd performance boost is much higher than the hard disk drive performance increase.

Windows 7 will use up a somewhere around 20GB leaving room for a couple of most favorite games. Additional games can be stored on a hard drive. You can swap games when necessary. It is easy to do.
August 8, 2012 11:40:55 AM

ok so i decided to install windows my drivers for the mobo graphics card etc. as well as skype antivirus and such. That will leave 1-2 games to put on it. I game with 10-12 games installed at the same time so im going to keep the rest on the hard drive.. That wont mess up my mobo right? i mean its fine to play a game on the HD while the OS is on the SSD
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August 8, 2012 12:52:33 PM

yes, that is okay.
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