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belgolas November 11, 2012 03:36 PM

Cache drive with VelociRaptor
I am wondering if it would be a good idea to have a SSD cache drive with a 1TB VelociRaptor. That way it would be pretty fast boot drive that would also store all my games.

Or do you think it is still best to have a SSD OS drive and separate HDD for games.

Ah Checking out the latest SSD review and it really shows how slow the VelociRaptor is. Just want more "fast" storage as 512GB is too small.

Generic User #2 November 11, 2012 04:08 PM

Personally, I would just manage the two drives separately. I'm not fond of the idea of burning CPU cycles for storage.

belgolas November 11, 2012 04:25 PM

hmm anyone know when trim will be supported on X79 motherboards for raid 0? With 512GB drives coming down in price buying 2 is looking more reasonable.

You could get 1TB SSD(2 Agility 4 512GB) for $822 after taxes and shipping right now. Just need TRIM.

ipaine November 11, 2012 08:56 PM

Just a thought, but why not considering using a ramcache if you have the available ram. Something like Disk Cache, Hybrid Disk Cache and RamDisk would work good.

This is a decent video showing some performance numbers with both cache and straight ram disk.
ASUS X79 - RAM Cache / RAM Disk - YouTube

frontier204 November 12, 2012 08:01 AM

I wouldn't be putting major cash down on a OCZ SSD with the company in rebuilding mode (imagine the lack of customer service if they decide to cut costs that way): Amid Investigations and Investor Angst, OCZ’s Stock Plummets | Hardware Canucks

I'm not a fan of motherboard RAID as it's annoying to set up the OS with, and at least from what I saw enabling RAID mode adds a few seconds to boot time (BIOS takes longer to show you the RAID config). Since you're already used to managing more than 1 drive letter (by your My System Specs having 3 drives), I'd do something like high-spec 128GB SSD for OS/small apps, 256GB low-end SSD for games that are I/O bound, and mechanical drives for everything else. Note however an SSD will only help games that stutter due to not pre-caching textures/models, like MMO games.

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