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HighPoint Delivers SSD Caching HBAs to Desktop PCs

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SSD Caching has become the “Hot” Storage topic of the PC industry. In the near future, motherboards based on the Intel SandyBridge (Z68) will bring SSD Caching to the desktop PC. SSD Caching boots system performance by using high-speed solid state disks to offset slower, but high-capacity hard disk drives. Once limited to enterprise server applications, SSD Caching is now within the reach of PC users. The mainstream consumer market has embraced SSD’s sub $100 models are now commonplace; ideal for caching applications.

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why not just use RAM? If I can get 12GB of RAM for 100$.... would that not be smarter?
 
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the HighPoint will move you to the driver’s seat, providing full-manual, “Stick-Shift” control
I guess from that Marketing copy, you can see this product is not aimed at IT technicians, PC enthusiasts or indeed the real performance market: workstations and servers, but at a different demographic. LOL.

n-ster. Quite right! Ramdisk would be much faster. Alternatively, do your "driver’s seat, providing full-manual, “Stick-Shift” control" by running two separate drives and managing your files accordingly, without the softwarre overhead of the HighPoint drivers. (Can you imagine the database table those drivers use... naming thousands of files that should be accelerated... what an overhead)
 
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I think it's trying to appeal to US customers, as driving a stick shift car as they call it (in other words, a car with a manual gear box) is something that's "special" and it usually means you own a really fancy sports car... or something to that extent at least...
But yeah, doesn't make a lot of sense and the entire press release is in Chinglish so...
 
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Using a manual transmission just allows for more control of engine speeds. I'm pretty sure that the most "special" cars out there have automatic transmissions with paddle shifting and some of the cheapest cars out there (at least in the past) have had manual transmissions. Most of us in the U.S. realize this. We aren't all "Dumb Americans".

I'm interested in the technology but like just about everybody else I would like to see some reviews and benchmarks. If anyone has some links please share them.