Well I have to go back to Microcenter to buy new optical drives for my PC...figured I may grab a SSD while there.
I currently have a 1TB 7200 Seagate Barricuda HDD, and was thinking it may be nice to take advantage of SSD technology. My board allows caching, but I really dont know too much about that. Need some advice, do I get a small SSD and enable the caching, or get a 2XX Gig SSD and use the HDD as storage, and use the SSD as OS + Applications...?
Would love some input from you guys...Build is based on the Gigabyte z68x ud3h-b3 MB, and a 2500K.
Most reviews of Z68 MBs and SRT - Bottom line was that a single SSD used as a OS + program drive was Best. SRT with a SMALL SSD, only if you can not afford the larger SSD. SRT only increases HDD performance By 2x - 4 x and is highly dependent on usage (effectiveness of caching algorthium). SSD for OS + program provides a much greater performance boost.
Have 2 Desktops and Two Laptops, all with SSDs as a OS + program driver. Recommended size is 120/128 gig drive (Min is 60 gig).
My SSD of choice is the marvel based SSD (Curcial M4, Intel 510), or the Samsung 830. Do Not pay alot of attention to Sequencial Benchmarks, as these are the least important and to top it off most are quoted using UNcompressed data. Look for PCmark Vantage benchmarks and AS SSD benchmarks (Look at small File random 4K performance).
Thanks so much guys! One last question...Do I need to be concerned about my RAM being 1.65v with a 2500K? The MB website does not support my EXACT kit, but it does support a 12Gb kit with the same timing and voltage...I DO plan on OC the 2500K, and will be running it on water with a Apogee HD in line with my watercooled 6950->Bios flashed->6970 on a full cover waterblock. I am running a 320 sized radiator (3 fans). Do I need to exchange my RAM and pay the restocking fee?
Thanks Steady...so no benefit to having the optical drives on the GSATA with the marvell controllers?
Small question that I am mulling over while waiting for my CPU block to get here today via UPS...
I have a (bought in 08?) Fatality X-Fi soundcard, or I can use the onboard newer tech:
Realtek ALC889 codec
High Definition Audio
Support for Dolby® Home Theater
Support for S/PDIF Out
Is there a compelling reason to go with a legacy PCI-E sound card over a newer tech onboard sound? Most music is played over SONOS through my stereo, so this sound if mostly for games, and the occasional movie/blueray playback....
I've been made to believe that optical disk drives are not supported on the Marvell controllers (refer to your motherboard manual).
For sound, it's such a subjective topic that the go-to advice is: try both of them out and find the one that works for you (not like any of them is costing you money - unless you're going to get a new sound card).
Just got back from Vegas.
On your question on Ram Voltag vs SB. Intels spec is max Ram Voltage for SB is 1.575 Volts - Reqcomended is 1.500 V. I know some Used 1.65 V Ram (Many already Had), Myself I'm using 1.60 CL7 DDR3 ram (only 0.025 over) and again I already Had the ram.