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Smart Response Technology
08-25-2011, 10:29 AM,
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Smart Response Technology
From a Gizmodo article on "How to Buy a Hard Drive": http://gizmodo.com/5834319/how-to-buy-a-...tial-guide

Under Killer Gaming Rig...

For under a hundred bucks, you can pick up a 60GB SSD. But don't use it as a boot drive. Instead, build your gaming system using a motherboard with an Intel Z68 chipset and use the small SSD as a cache for a larger (1TB or so) hard drive. (Intel brands this as "Smart Response Technology.") You'll see substantially improved storage throughput. All you need to do is first install Windows on the rotating media drive (making sure that RAID mode is enabled in the system BIOS), then add the SSD and configure it as a cache in the RAID BIOS or through Intel's software utilities.

Intel's Z68 chipset plus Smart Response adds a whole new wrinkle to modestly priced systems, and may be a bigger speed improvement with minimal cost than buying a faster CPU – though for a gaming rig, we'd choose a faster graphics card and sacrifice the SSD if we were on a really tight budget. Right now, Smart Response is only on the Z68, so AMD users or gamers running Intel X58 triple channel rigs don't have that option.


This is the first I've heard of Smart Response Technology. Any comment on how it compares to the system with SSD boot drive and HDD for storage? Am I better off trying Smart Response Technology, or just investing in a 120GB SSD instead to hold my applications?
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08-25-2011, 10:38 AM,
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RE: Smart Response Technology
SSD caching isn't all it's cracked up to be. Using a SSD boot drive is much better.
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08-25-2011, 01:26 PM,
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RE: Smart Response Technology
Does anyone read what I write in the articles? Tongue

Quoting myself from the Mainstream Gaming PCs:

As for SSD Caching, AnandTech has two excellent articles on the subject:

- Intel Z68 Chipset & Smart Response Technology (SSD Caching) Review
- Z68 SSD Caching with Corsair’s F40 SandForce SSD


In short, while SSD caching is an interesting technology, you’re better off using your SSD as your boot drive and manually managing where your applications and games get installed (SSD or HDD), if you want the best performance possible, all the time.
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08-25-2011, 01:33 PM,
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RE: Smart Response Technology
(08-25-2011, 01:26 PM)MathieuB Wrote: Does anyone read what I write in the articles? Tongue

Thank you!

Not to be a jerk, but that info is not in the "Best Parts For Your Money -- SSDs & HDDs" article, which is where I looked for it! Wink
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08-25-2011, 02:02 PM,
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RE: Smart Response Technology
Good point, I'll make sure to add the info in that article.
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08-29-2011, 08:44 AM,
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RE: Smart Response Technology
(08-25-2011, 01:26 PM)MathieuB Wrote: Does anyone read what I write in the articles? Tongue

Yep...all the time! Big Grin

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