My new 240gb Kingson HyperX 3K arrived today and I've already cloned windows from my old 120gb OCZ Solid 3 onto it, and so far so good. But I'm interested in using my Solid 3
(SF2281) either has a cache drive paired with my 1TB velociraptor, or trading it with the 40gb Corsair F40
(SF1200) and using that as my cache drive. I know there are limitations toward how much physical nand can be used as cache (60gb?), but given the Solid 3 offers a lot more performance and that my HTPC is limited to SATA II I'm not going to see much increase in performance putting the Solid 3 in my HTPC.
But my question is what is the best approach? I have a Z68 motherboard (Asus P8Z68-V Pro Gen3) so I could use the Intel Smart Response built in, or I could buy a dedicated card such as the HighPoint RocketCache 3240X8
. I can't seem to get a clear answer if the Intel route supports configuration as a non-boot volume, or if it HAS to have Windows on it. The HighPoint card is apparently not bootable, and can only be used as a storage volume. This is what I really want, to be able to have the SSD cache for my raptor which stores all my games and some secondary applications.
So can anyone confirm for me that you can use Intel's SRT on a storage volume alone? Also one thing that I found interesting about the HighPoint card is that it supports using multiple SSDs as cache, essentially allowing me to raid multiple SSDs as the cache for my raptor, which I imagine would boost performance considerably. So I could track down a few more F40s and really get some nice performance
Thanks for reading, and I hope someone has some insight that can help me move forward.