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It gives me great pleasure and a relief to mention this every time I put up a review because it is a hard fact. In a country where you get minimum hardware support from the manufacturers to review their own products and others on behalf of the readers, its some companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, Western Digital and now Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached.
I would like to thank
- Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
- Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
- Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
- WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive.
- Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
|Test Setup for:||Corsair Accelerator 60GB SSD Cache Drive SATA II|
|Motherboard+ Processor||Gigabyte 890GPAUD3H Rev 1.0+ AMD 965BE (Cooled with Thermaltake Big Typhoon)|
|Memory||Kingston KHX1600C9D3P1K28G HyperX Genesis 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII|
|Primary OS drive||Western Digital 3000HLFS Velociraptor 300GB + Corsair Accelerator 60GB SSD Cache|
|Power Supply||Coolermaster GX450|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64Bit|
Since this is a Cache drive, there was no point in comparing it with all drives. So what I’ve done is I’ve ran fresh benchmark using Western Digital’s 3000HLFS Velociraptor 10K RPM SATAII Hardware and then ran a benchmark with Dataplex and the Cache drive installed. Also, do note that for both the drives, SATAII cables were used throughout the test on the Native SATA III Ports. Tested with Dataplex Version 18.104.22.168 drivers.
Boot Load Test
There’s a very noticeable difference with and without the Cache SSD.
There’s a significant boot in 512K, 4K and 4k Queue Depths of 32bit in Crystal Disk Benchmark.
Seeing the blue lines ripping way more than half Read and Write test over 300GB Velociraptor, its obvious that this gives a great to your existing mechanical hard drive as long as it works. For some reason it has issues between transfer file size of 1 and 16MB.
It’s a shame that the drive has serious issues when it crashes when you’re using them in real life. PC Mark 7 secondary storage made a score of 2108 without the SSD Cache and made a score of 2211 with SSD Caching.