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December 3, 2012 12:53:17 PM

I'm starting a new build an have a 180 GB Intel 330 SSD for O/S and 2 TB Seagate for storage. I have an extra 64 GB OCZ Octane 3 SSD. Can I use this drive to increase performance or should i just stick with the Intel/seagate configuration

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December 3, 2012 1:08:28 PM

intel/ seagfate configuration. if you want to use the 64gb ssd and pair it with 180gb ssd for raid 0 the bigger ssd will act like a 64gb so you will loose space over some speed improvement
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December 3, 2012 1:11:03 PM

I thought i might be able to use it for some caching or something like that, but wasn't sure if it's necessary with Intel SSD as O/S drive
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December 3, 2012 1:17:10 PM

You can use it for extra SSD storage space, but I don't think you can easily use it for caching, since you already have an SSD as a boot drive (i assume).
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December 3, 2012 1:19:03 PM

Just use the 64GB drive as a backup or data drive.

If you RAID-0 a 64GB and a 180GB drive your RAID array's capacity will be 128GB (64GB x 2).

You won't see any performance benefits caching a SSD O/S drive with an SSD.
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December 3, 2012 1:40:06 PM

I thought maybe i could setup Intel Smart Response caching on the 64 GB SSD, O/S and progs on 180 GB drive and data on 2TB HDD.
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December 3, 2012 1:44:23 PM

Dereck47 said:
Just use the 64GB drive as a backup or data drive.

If you RAID-0 a 64GB and a 180GB drive your RAID array's capacity will be 128GB (64GB x 2).

You won't see any performance benefits caching a SSD O/S drive with an SSD.



I wasn't sure if there would be a performance gain by caching O/S SSD to a SSD, Do you think if i put the swap file on extra ssd, i would see any performance gain?
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December 3, 2012 1:55:41 PM

You may be able to do so actually. You'll want a z77 board so that you get trim while raid is enabled (as raid is needed for SRT).
I think you setup a raid 0 array of the HDD and 64GB ssd to enable caching, but I've never setup SRT before so I'm not sure; you'll want to make sure SRT won't cache data from your 180GB ssd, since it's wasteful to cache data that is already on an SSD.
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December 3, 2012 2:13:52 PM

dmargerum said:
Do you think if i put the swap file on extra ssd, i would see any performance gain?


No, you wouldn't.
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December 3, 2012 2:29:50 PM

Dereck47 said:
No, you wouldn't.


Thanks for the advice!
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