I'm about to receive a 256gb 830 series from Samsung. I'm doing web design in Photoshop as a job and my current rig is:
i5 2500k 3.3 stock, 16 Gb of RAM, 1TB hdd with 400gb free space and 1 OCZ Agility 64 gb with about 3.5 Gb free space, 6950 flashed to 6970, 2 wide 22" monitors.
Photoshop for web design is very demanding since I have up to 8 fully layered homepages opened at a time plus Chrome with about 20 tabs. I still drop below 100% efficiency in Photoshop thou I have a lot of free space on my hdd and 16 gb of RAM.
With this new SSD I'm worried about it's life time if I use it for PS since I save very often plus I have the auto save feature set to 5 minutes. I've read a couple of threads and articles but I wanna be clear:
* Should I put my OS on the new SSD and have it as a scratch disk as well?
* I've read that keeping my psds on the SSD will only help me with the loading time of them (which is already small) so it's not needed. My projects (about 600 atm) occupy about 110 gb or so. Should I just keep them on my hdd?
* What should I do with the OCZ? Have the OS on that and the 830 for scratch disk only?
1)Yes. Using the SSD for both your system disk and your primary scratch disk.
2)Yes. Only help the loading fast. You should keep the projects on the HDD.
3)No. Using the 830 for both like the #1 answer. Using the OCZ for something else.
And other are
1) Keep the SSD at least 10% more space left. Don't do like you did on the OCZ. Over time the performance will go down because the garbage collection and TRIM in SSDs don't work well. They need some free space (10%) to run the GC or TRIM.
2)If the efficiency is less than 90% to 95%, you need more RAM, because you said it < 100%.
3)To reduce the history states number.
4)Check the PS web site for more info.