More on the Z68's love affair with SSDs

Subject: Motherboards, Storage | April 28, 2011 - 06:49 PM |
Tagged: z68, ssd, ssd caching, Intel

Since it would be cruel to leave you only with the leaked SSD family from Intel and a few hints from ASRock about the performance increase from even a 20GB SSD, here is some more information from VR-Zone.  Bear in mind we are still in the territory of leaked info and informed guessing but the topic is one worth keeping up with.

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"Intel plans to officially launch Z68 Express chipset on May 18th but you will be able to see reviews online from 12th onwards. Of course, those who can't wait for the official launch can already purchase the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 board from the retail market, first available in Taiwan and then the rest of the world in the coming weeks. Other brands like ASUS and ASRock are set to hit the retail next. Those enthusiasts hoping they can overclock their Sandy Bridge better on Z68 than the P67 will probably be disappointed but there is one important feature of Z68 that matters, and that is the SSD caching."

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Source: VR-Zone

April 30, 2011 | 05:41 PM - Posted by TransmitThis (not verified)

SSD caching

This is def something I will be interested in, the reasons are;
I like to keep things simple and with this setup I will still only need to clone my main Platter drive for backup purposes.

If I had a separate SSD I would have to be messing about having two drives, windows on one and date etc on the other,which makes it more complicated to use and backup.

The extra speed a separate SSD gives me over this caching SSD is not that important, esp as the cost for the smaller one will be more acceptable to my budget

Would be nice if you have a bit of control over whats cached - like if you want to make sure a rarely used program is always in the cache.

Anyway if you have the opposite view and think getting a separate SS Drive is the best option, list you reasons

May 1, 2011 | 06:08 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

You remember the hybrid drives that Seagate was working on, with a controller that handled assigning frequently used bits to a tiny onboard SSD on a platter based drive? That is more what they are talking about ... though until we can test them it's hard to say that what you want to do can't be done.

May 2, 2011 | 11:02 AM - Posted by amadsilentthirst

The hybrid drives are ok for what they are, but personally for me their capacity is still way too low for a home user.

If I remember they have like 500GB for the platter and a tiny bit of onboard SSD. Now if they had a 2-3TB drive and >10GB SSD part then they would be as useful as this SSD caching on the Z68 is promising to be.

Interesting times await, we all want fast cheap storage, If we move into organic storage using some sort of biomass I think I'll be happy :)

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