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Intel Smart Response Necessary in an all-SSD setup?

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August 21, 2012 12:42:36 AM

It seems like the Intel Smart Response Technology is really meant to speed up systems with mechanical drives. The pc that I'm building will only have a mechanical drive for storing media files. Windows and all my applications will be stored on SSD.
So would it be worth it for me to buy an msata drive to activate Smart Response?

Thanks. :hello: 

SSD: Agility 4 128GB
Mobo: GA-Z77X-UD3H
CPU: Intel 3570k
RAM: TBD
GPU: 2x HD5850 (xFire)
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August 21, 2012 2:34:51 PM

jaredm said:
It seems like the Intel Smart Response Technology is really meant to speed up systems with mechanical drives. The pc that I'm building will only have a mechanical drive for storing media files. Windows and all my applications will be stored on SSD.
So would it be worth it for me to buy an msata drive to activate Smart Response?

Thanks. :hello: 

SSD: Agility 4 128GB
Mobo: GA-Z77X-UD3H
CPU: Intel 3570k
RAM: TBD
GPU: 2x HD5850 (xFire)

If you want you can, but it will Speed up your hard drive, and its usually used when someone cant afford an ssd :) 
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August 21, 2012 2:50:50 PM

If your boot SSD is larger (e.g. 120GB or larger) then SRT really won't help too much unless you installed a game or frequently reuse the same data on the mechanical HDD repeatably. Frankly, I'd take the cost of the mSATA SSD and use the savings for a larger capacity/faster SSD.

Nice review on some new SSD's (incredibly low latency) - http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/4897/corsair_neutron_...
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August 21, 2012 4:19:59 PM

^ As always, EXcellent advice.
No real advantage if primary use of HDD is to store media files. As jaquith stated, what is stored on the Chaching SSD will be based on repeative calls for a given file. For files requested that are NOT stored in the cache, performance will probably decrease slightly. When the request to read a file is initiated, it will first check the cache, waisted time if the file is NOT in cache.
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August 27, 2012 11:54:27 PM

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August 27, 2012 11:56:01 PM

Thanks a lot for all your answers! It's just what I thought, but I didn't see anybody explicitly saying this when I scanned Google.
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