Windows 7 only.
Memory specialist Crucial has rolled out a small-capacity SSD for folk keen to up the speed of their system without a massive outlay. The package, dubbed Adrenaline - you can see the kind of audience Crucial is pitching the thing at, can't you? - comprises as 50GB Crucial m4 SSD, Nvelo's Dataplex caching app and all the bits …
Windows 7 only.
But I can buy a 60GB Agility III for £62, why would I want this?
Install Windows on the SSD and everything else on a fast SATA3 HDD, surely?
Prolly another reason to get Win7 64bit to replace XP then?
You have to dig into their documentation for this: Adrenaline only works on the hard drive where Windows 7 is installed. If you fancy a fast SSD cache for a well-used data drive, or anywhere that's not your Windows drive for that matter, forget it.
Shame really - I was about to buy one. I've already got Windows on an SSD but could do with something to speed stuff up elsewhere. Alas this isn't it.
so I assume this is basically the same tech as Intel® Smart Response Technology that you get Intel Z68 onwards boards where you can assign an SSD to act as a cache for your standard hdds/RAID containers while retaining Windows/Linux on your main SSD(s) except it only works on your Windows drive.
Hmm a touch pointless but I suppose for non Core i series machines or non Intel machines its a no bad solution, but it makes you wonder, why not just buy a normal SSD and boot windows off of it for the same if not better performance and for less £?
Well it's similar in principle but it's more of a retrofit (corsair are also doing an almost identical product with the same software too).
Is more designed to add in rather than in a fresh build and is probably a bit easier to set up.
There is a very big advantage to caching over a boot ssd in that an algorithm is probably better than people at working out what should be on the ssd and what shouldn't. You won't need to move programs and files over, managing multiple disks is a nuisance. Most likely with there'l be a performance hit and probably a sort of lag, play a game for the first time in a year and the first couple times it won't speed up but then it will. Whether or not it's noticeable in real world terms or not is another matter. Also half the windows files that would be installed on to a boot drive don't need to be there.
Lastly as it's a cache if it dies like ssds do then your mechanical drive still has everything (well almost depending on it's writing policy).
SRT is probably more appealing and the SLC drive which is purpose made is extra reliable to handle being thrashed around, although it is only 20gb which is not really big enough.
It's amazing the crap the SSD folks are peddling as reliable data storage. It's a good thing there are no laws against consumer fraud or these folks would all go to prison.
So if you can buy it, and throw the drive away, then I'll have 8 of them. Though I'd prefer it if they just sold the device, expecially if you could configure it, so it wouldn't cache things like the Pagefile etc.
I put my first SSD in an old dual core centrino 32bit laptop recently, and it now outperforms any of my 18inch Acers, including the Corei7s with 16GB Ram, by a factor of six.
Two years from now, though, and this product will be obsolete, if you stick with the 60GB Disk. 1TB 2.5 inch MLC SSD will be < 600 quid Xmas after next.
"...expecially if you could configure it, so it wouldn't cache things like the Pagefile etc."
If your page file itself (rather than just its directory entry and metadata) is being accessed regularly enough to end up cached in one of these, you'll see more of a performance hike from buying more memory than you would from an SSD cache.
over a year ago...
I've been using one for over a year in this 'ere laptop.
The words "ludicrously quick for the money" would be about accurate. They take a few weeks to get up to full chat as they need a bit of use history to optimise the caching. Once it's got its feet under the table, boot times and load times of regularly used applications are comparable with SSDs.
Just don't defrag 'em. It banjaxes the cache history and takes you straight back to square one on performance.
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