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5.0 out of 5 stars Cache Drive for Intel SRT? YES PLEASE!, December 14, 2011
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This review is from: Crucial m4 64GB 2.5-Inch (9.5mm) SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive CT064M4SSD2 (Personal Computers)
USAGE:
64GB Crucial M4 as SSD Cache Drive via Intel SRT, on Intel Z68 platform.

Test System:
*ASRock Z68M-ITX/HT
*Intel Core i7-2600K
*Seagate Momentus XT 750GB + Crucial M4 64GB
*2x4GB DDR3-1333 @ 9-9-9-24
*Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (x64)
*SilverStone SG05BB-450

PROS:
*Boots ridiculously fast, when combined with UEFI and a GPT-boot volume.
*Performance of system is SSD-like, while having sufficient storage capacity.
*Reasonable cost @ 1.75 US per GB.
*SATA6 interface, which mates well with Momentus XT 750GB.
*_Ideal_ for SSD Caching, either in Windows via Intel SRT (or FancyCache), or in BSD / Solaris as a ZFS L2ARC.
*Feels rugged, yet light-weight.

CONS:
*No screws included. No mount for 3.5" bays. No SATA cable. No frills of any kind.
*Small-ish capacity @ 64GB. I need 300GB+ for my boot+OS+applications volume, hence the 750GB drive.
*Intel SRT has to be configured from within RAID Option ROM, or through Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver Package.
*Intel SRT is currently Windows-Specific, but not too challenging.
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