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 Post subject: beSlightly Different SSD Question
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:46 am 
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I apologize if this has been asked before. I did a quick search before posting and didn't see this question.

I just recently did an overhaul on my PC. Current specs are:

i5 3570K running at 4.4 GHz
Asus P8Z77-V LK
8 GB Crucial Ballistix 1600
128 GB OCZ Vertex 4 as a boot drive
360 GB WD Velociraptor
Thermaltake New Soprano case

I'm looking into getting a 256 GB Samsung 830, mainly because I'm tired of having to constantly keep an eye on the limits of my primary drive. It seems every time I turn around, I have to move more Steam games over to the Velociraptor. That said, I only got the Vertex 4 about a year ago, and I don't really want to trash it already.

On a side note, I have a 2 TB SAN set up at home, so the lack of overall storage on the PC isn't an issue. I don't keep music or pictures on the PC, it's really a gaming rig through and through.

I was curious if people had any thoughts on how best to utilize the Vertex 4 if I get the Samsung SSD.

My current ideas:

1. Use it as a cache drive for the already fast 10k RPM Velociraptor. This feels like a little bit of a waste, as most of the things on the mech drive are there for storage or because they're games I don't play as often.

2. A friend recommended I use the Vertex 4 in conjunction with the Samsung SSD to do a quick software mirror through Windows and have my OS mirrored, to protect in case of drive error. Then install most games on the other partition on the Samsung, so space isn't as much of a concern.

3. Since the New Soprano has a hot dock, use it as a large and fast thumb drive, with very little actual use. Also feels like kind of a waste, since I usually use thumb drives to swap things to my laptop, which wouldn't benefit.

4. Use it as a dual boot option to play with Linux or Windows 8.


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 Post subject: Re: beSlightly Different SSD Question
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:41 am 
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1. This might work, but last I checked, current implementations of Intel's RST limits you to 32GB-64GB of cache space. Plus you won't see SSD speeds unless you run the program or game in question several times.
2. If this is RAID, I would never mix and match SSDs/HDDs especially from different manufacturers. Too many variables.
3. You could achieve a better effect by having a USB 3.0 2.5" enclosure for it... but yeah, this one seems kind of pointless.
4. If you just want to play around in the OS, a virtual machine would better suffice.

I'd use it as a secondary storage for games. If you don't want to reinstall games via Steam, create a symbolic link that resides in the SteamApps folder that points to where the game will reside. Steam does have the option to install games elsewhere, but only on installation.


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 Post subject: Re: beSlightly Different SSD Question
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:46 am 
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Well, I'm currently using the Velociraptor for that duty. And I guess the idea of caching doesn't necessarily make the most sense, since ideally any commonly used programs would be on the actual SSD...


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