Using mSATA SSD as Cache AND OS drive? Tags: SSD Storage orangedude December 30, 2012 11:35:35 PM Hi, Here is my current system that I am planning to build: Core i7-3770K Gigabyte Z77-D3H 16 GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600 Gigabyte Geforce GTX 660Ti 1.5 TB WD 5400 RPM HD (This is from my old PC) 500 GB WD 5400 RPM HD (This is from my old PC) I would like to add an SSD to improve the performance of my PC with every-day tasks. The one thing I noticed about the Z77 board that I'm using is that it includes an mSATA slot which can be used for caching (Intel SRT) Now my question is... if I buy a 256 GB mSATA SSD drive, can I partition it into 64 GB for the cache to speed up my HDD access times and leave the remaining 192 GB for OS and program installation? Or would it be better to simply buy a 256 GB SATA III drive? The price differential between the mSATA and SATA is not a concern (it's only ~$10 apart) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... ($199) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... ($189) So basically, is this possible, and if so, how would the performance for these two setups comparatively? Thanks More about : msata ssd cache drive Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumMSATA Utilization options for Video Editing? OS or Cache ? ForumUsing mSATA SSD or SSD for Boot Drive ? ForumBoot drive ssd AND msata ForumMSATA as bootup and cache ? ForumXPS 8500 mSata as O/S drive ForumMSATA SSD as Bootable Drive ? - Inspiron 17R 5720 ForumUse mSata + SSD together?? Forum[Closed] 30GB Intel 525 mSATA SSD ForumSata 3.0 SSD OR mSata SSD ForumDual Boot (W7 & Ubuntu) from seperate SSD 's? Or should I go mSATA ? ForumMSata SSD (Smart Response) Combo with SSD or Harddisk ForumSSD , HHD and msata ForumOn-board mSATA SSD 3 GB/s vs SATA 6 GB/s connector & wire for separate SSD -O ForumIs mSATA faster than SSD ? ForumOnboard mSata with SSD : advantages and disadvantages? ForumMSATA SSD vs SATA SSD ForumMSATA usefulness with this setup? ForumBest SSD Of 2013, Which is it? ForumAccidentally erased my external hard drive ForumINTERNAL HARD DRIVE More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !