P9X79 Pro and SSD question

Hello All,

I have a Vertex 4 SSD onboard using the Asus SSD Caching tool. Installed fine, works great.

My question is related to the SSD itself; knowing that TRIM, garbage collection, and other things impact the performance and longevity of these SSDs, what am I actually doing to this drive by using it as a cache?

If I decided later that I want to decouple the drive and use it as a data drive by re-formatting later, are there going to be any long term consequences?

Thanks,
R
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  1. rhyalus said:
    My question is related to the SSD itself; knowing that TRIM, garbage collection, and other things impact the performance and longevity of these SSDs, what am I actually doing to this drive by using it as a cache?

    If I decided later that I want to decouple the drive and use it as a data drive by re-formatting later, are there going to be any long term consequences?

    As a Cache you are tearing it up very quickly and the smaller the faster.

    Long-term the SSD will fail before the HDD.

    IF you ever change it over then SSD Secure Erase - http://blog.ocztechnology.com/?p=367

    Otherwise IMO get a large e.g. 128GB or larger SSD or an overprovisioned SSD that's meant to be used as a Cache e.g. OCZ Synapse Cache.
  2. Hi there,

    It would be better to use it as a primary drive, not a cache .

    Trim keeps it in check. Even if u would use it for couple of years, the drive will function almost like new, after the format.

    Its a new drive, so u have nothing to worry about for while : )
  3. The 'best' solution is a RAM Cache, and I've never been a fanboy of SSD Cache -- Instead ever since X58 -> X79 present all of my rigs are SSD (OS, Apps & Working Data) + HDD (Data storage: Video, Music, Data, and majority of Games). Plus I RAID 1 the HDD's and @ home use Windows Server (~ NAS or a Backup Drive).

    A Dedicated Gaming rig - Dedicated Steam SSD and/or SSD - portability (Steam) and faster Load times SSD in general not to mention mini load/save lags in some games e.g. BF3 even on an SSD is aggravating.
  4. rhyalus said:
    Hello All,

    I have a Vertex 4 SSD onboard using the Asus SSD Caching tool. Installed fine, works great.

    My question is related to the SSD itself; knowing that TRIM, garbage collection, and other things impact the performance and longevity of these SSDs, what am I actually doing to this drive by using it as a cache?

    If I decided later that I want to decouple the drive and use it as a data drive by re-formatting later, are there going to be any long term consequences?

    Thanks,
    R

    Hi R:

    I hope I'm not breaking etiquette here, but in several days of searching/asking here and elsewhere I haven't been able to find an answer to my problem. As you, I also have a P9X79 board (but the Deluxe version) and a Vertex 4 SSD. I want to use the Vertex as a plain boot disk (not cache, not RAID). I have not been to get the BIOS to recognize the Vertex. I have tried different cables and different SATA ports; Regular HDDs work fine with the same slots/cables. You apparently seem to have been successful in getting the Vertex to work with your system. May I ask what your BIOS configuration is?

    Perhaps you can reply to this privately at ck70313@gmail.com.

    Again, I apologize if I'm breaking etiquette here, but I'm pretty desperate.
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