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  • Sir Abacus - Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - link

    Looks like I gotta waste a drive bay for this instead of using the mSATA connector on my Z68 board. Reply
  • xdrol - Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - link

    If you got a Z68, you might as well use Intel RST... Reply
  • MarkLuvsCS - Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - link


    LOVE RST on my asrock z68. I saw some of the biostar boards with the mSATA onboard, but the cost didn't seem justifiable. If space is certainly at a premium then it makes sense, but using the conventional chipset ports makes it easy to find drives to fit the role. I would love to see how the dataplex software compares vs. Intel's RST. I would imagine Intel would be a faster solution since its hardware + software vs. just software.
  • hechacker1 - Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - link

    I seriously wonder just how much of Intel's RST really has to do with hardware.

    I have a suspicion that it's really just software locked down onto z68 by bios revision. I have an X58 board hear, and modded my bios with a intel RST 11.5 alpha ROM. And now I can select RST as an option in the BIOS (though I don't have a SSD here to test it).

    Interestingly, I updated the RST bios again with a new version, and that feature got locked down.

    I could always go back though. Perhaps it was just an error on there part, and there really is hardware behind it.

    I've seen benchmarks, and it seems RST and Dataplex is competitive with each other.

    The big limitation though: You can only cache one volume/drive. What if you have an OS drive + Storage RAID, then you are stuck only doing caching on 1. Even though your sources of data may come from both.

    I'd really like that software deficiency to be fixed.
  • ATC9001 - Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - link

    If you can afford a Z68 chipset but not a 120GB SSD for OS/DATA I don't think you're doing a good job picking your system.

    RST is a good idea for dell and other OEM's IMO (But not in high end chipsets), but for most of us here that read Anand I'd figure your much better off controlling your own storage needs.

    Now where RST would be really nice is on a laptop since moist laptops only have 1 HDD Bay, getting a 256GB SSD is obviously prohibitive and may still not be enough storage. RST with a mSATA on a laptop would be nice.
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, March 07, 2012 - link

    Z68 mainboards are not that much more expensive. And even with a 120 GB SSD: do you really like to shuffle 20 or 30 GB game installations around, just to "control" your storage needs? Maybe his "need" is "just works".

    Love my 60 GB Agility 3 for SRT. Might swap the HDD to a 2 TB or so, when ever the prices become sane again.
  • kjboughton - Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - link

    I'd love to see a solution that includes a HARDWARE cache controller, instead of software. Reply
  • bonksmeister - Wednesday, March 07, 2012 - link

    I thought the caching-using-SSD thingy on Z68 boards are called SRT (Smart Response Technology), not RST, which is Intel's software to manage storage?

    Anyways, I've recently bought a new SSD to cache my HDD which I use to store mainly games, using the SRT route (as I have a Z68 board). I considered the alternatives that were feasible to me, including OCZ Synapse (and more recently, Crucial Adrenaline), which if I recall correctly, uses the same software as this Corsair Accelerator series. From what I read in the wild (read: internet forums), when it works, it works well, however, when failure strikes, the recovery process can take a very long time to complete. Aside from the price, that's one of the main reasons I go with the SRT route.

    Would love for AnandTech to give a definitive review on these SSD caching solutions, including those besides SRT & DataPlex (e.g. FancyCache).
  • Kristian Vättö - Wednesday, March 07, 2012 - link

    Yeah, it's SRT, I've fixed it now. I always seem to mix these two Reply
  • dualcells - Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - link

    I spotted the Corsair ad for the Accelerator lineup in a recent magazine. When I looked at the description it seems that software is required in either event (SRT or NVELO's DataPlex). I can't wait to read more about these drives with a deeper comparison of the setup(s). Reply
  • lost_tourist - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    I have a netbook that I believe is SATA I. I was curious if his sdd would work as the main drive in it. Sinse the accelerator feature is software based I am thinking its possible. From what I have read SATA is backwards compatible, but corsairs website states that it is for SATA II or higher. Is that for the accelerator software? Has anyone tried using it as the main hdd on a SATA I Mobo, or know if it is possible? Reply

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