The State Of Solid State: Computex 2015

Crucial

Crucial didn't release a new SSD at Computex 2015, but the company did launch an updated version of Storage Executive with Momentum Cache. Momentum Cache is the trade name for Crucial's new DRAM cache system, which follows similar software from Samsung and SanDisk.

The software cache scheme buffers random writes to system DRAM and then passes the data to a Crucial SSD sequentially. This speeds up the write process and also reduces wear to the flash.

Momentum Cache works with nearly all modern Crucial SSDs going back to the M500. Micron SSDs also support the feature, though you'll need to install a Micron-specific version. At this time, Momentum Cache only works on the system's boot drive.

Chris Ramseyer
Chris Ramseyer is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews consumer storage.