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  • nbatothemax - Sunday, December 16, 2012 - link

    64GB should suffice most people for caching considering most have between 500GB - 1TB of storage, once it gets over 1TB of storage that is mostly full, 128GB would definitely seem useful because there are many more files being accessed. Reply
  • Kristian Vättö - Sunday, December 16, 2012 - link

    It really depends on what kind of data we are talking about. If you just have tons of videos and pictures (i.e. infrequently accessed static data), then it's unlikely that a bigger cache drive would significantly help. An example of the opposite would be games for instance, those are usually accessed more often and can easily take hundreds of GBs.

    However, at >64GB it becomes questionable whether the SSD should be a standalone volume instead of a cache. A cache drive is of course easier in use (just one volume) but there is less control.
  • DigitalFreak - Sunday, December 16, 2012 - link

    The reason I hate Dataplex is that it only allows you to cache your boot drive. I already have a SSD for my boot drive, so Intel's RST ended up being the better option. Reply
  • CDmage - Sunday, December 16, 2012 - link

    thats not true anymore, since version 1.204 u can cache second hardrive, and have true SSD as a boot. I have such config now, caching my 1TB Steam inventory. Reply
  • UpSpin - Sunday, December 16, 2012 - link

    In a Laptop/Ultrabook you realise caching with a mSATA SSD. However, you can get a 128GB mSATA SSD for a low price already, which is plenty for your OS and programs. Then you add a second HDD for your data. In the end you have more space with SSD and HDD than with a caching SSD and a HDD containing both data and system files, so data loss more likely, too.

    In a tablet you have a SSD, a HDD is too big, power hungry, and noisy, no caching possible.

    In a smartphone you have eMMC cards, no caching required/possible, too.

    In a desktop most also just install a 128GB/256GB SSD as primary disk.

    I'm sorry, but I see no reason for a caching SSDs. They would have been great two or three years ago, but nowadays SSDs which fit OS and programs are reasonable priced.

    Maybe they want to use SSD caching in tablets and smartphones. Use slow but cheap eMMC cards for storage and have a 8GB caching SSD. But then it's also possible that it's cheaper to just use a SSD instead of eMMC at all.
  • LordConrad - Monday, December 17, 2012 - link

    You're thinking of us technically minded people. Caching is mostly for the common person who doesn't know, or want to know, about using multiple hard drives. These people use their computer as-is from the manufacturer, making very few changes along the way. Hard drive caching is great for these people, because it gives them a faster experience without adding additional hard drives. Reply
  • spazoid - Monday, December 17, 2012 - link

    Rats! Samsung should've consulted you first. You could've saved them a lot of money! I'm sure the multi-billion dollar company that's one of the leading SSD manufacturers in the entire world hadn't thought of these points you're mentioning.

    Your acquisition does not make sense, Samsung!

    In all seriousness though, it'll be interesting to see which kinds of products Samsungs intends on making with the IP they gain from this acquisition.
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - link

    > In a desktop most also just install a 128GB/256GB SSD as primary disk.

    Just because "most" do it doesn't make it smart. For the price of a 256 GB SSD you can easily get a 64 GB cache SSD and a 3 TB HDD. That's gold for anyone needing considerably more than 256 GB.
  • Bleakwise - Saturday, May 09, 2015 - link

    Not so. It just depends, my 250gb SSD is full and all I have on it is software, drivers and utilities. Keep in mind that you have to keep about 30% of your ssd empty otherwise performance dumps out to worse than HD levels, so when I say "full" i mean I have about 70gb left on it.

    If intel would let me use the whole drive as a cache drive I definatly would just have one big partition and a backup NAS array for my files instead of a C: for my SSD and a 1 or 2TB D: for files.
  • jonjonjonj - Monday, December 17, 2012 - link

    didn't samsung sell their hdd company to seagate? the seagate website says samsung and seagate have a "strategic alignment". so is samsung going to be making hybrid drives with seagate? Reply
  • Doh! - Monday, December 17, 2012 - link

    Samsung owns about 10% of Seagate and serves on their board. An agreement is also in place in which Samsung guarantees a supply of flash memory to Seagate. In case of hybrid drives, Seagate will more likely to be the manufacturer, not Samsung. Reply
  • Yongsta - Monday, December 17, 2012 - link

    They kept the SSD division as part of their RAM / Optical / Flash Memory division. Their regular spinning HDD division was sold off to Seagate. Reply
  • mayankleoboy1 - Monday, December 17, 2012 - link

    I think its high time for companies like Seagate and WD to start integrating flash in all their HDD's at the same price as older HDD's. Flash is cheap enough, i think. Reply
  • haukionkannel - Monday, December 17, 2012 - link

    Well I would really much like to see Samsung Spinpoint with 840 pro series technology as an cache... Pity that Samsung does not have HDD production any more. I trust my old spinpoint drives as much as Samsum 830 series and if 840 is as good, it would have been an happy marriage... Reply
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