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Friday, 13 January 2012 20:25

Ultrabooks to fuel cache SSD sales

Written by Fudzilla staff



Mechanical drives simply don’t cut it


Market research outfit IHS believes Intel’s ultrabook push will boost demand for cache SSDs, which are basically flash drives that run alongside mechanical drives, boosting performance.

Cache SSD shipments in 2012 are projected to hit 25.7 million units, nearly a 30-fold increase over 881,000 units shipped in 2011. Plain SSD shipments are also projected to grow to 68.2 million, eventually reaching 121 million units in 2013.

However, unlike traditional SSDs, most cache SSDs will be used in ultrabooks, as vendors try to boost performance, while at the same reaping the benefits of mechanical drives, namely low price and high capacity. Cache SSDs are a lot cheaper to build than proper SSD drives, and the resulting hybrid drives are also cheaper than purely solid state solutions.

Although most current ultrabooks rely solely on SSDs, manufacturers are gearing up to introduce cheaper models, that will sport hybrid storage.

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Last modified on Saturday, 14 January 2012 03:44
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-1 #1 karlsbad 2012-01-14 01:45
I gave up on my own DIY hybrid drive using Marvel's chip on a Koutech PESA234 1x PCIx add in board (I don't have SATA3, so 5 GB/sec is phenominal on my motherboard). I was tempted to cache on the 256GB SSD, Windows folders, but Windows 7 Update did not take well to my relocating the folders. Now I use the SSD as a single physical primary system drive on the RAID 0 Hyperduo configuration. I cloned the HDD onto this and after some manipulations with EasyBCD and the bios, my system has never been so fast! Frequent True Image HDD backups will keep me right. (knock wood)
 
 
-1 #2 techno 2012-01-14 07:57
I don't like ssd's as primary os drives...just too unreliable....I used to run a 2x ssd raid0 as my primary os drive but got sick of continually having to restore it from image backups and having to rma them on 2 occassions in a year which had a turn around of 2-3 weeks.
SSD's are only good for caching IMO...but tbh my next system is going to be an X79 which I'm going to load with DDR3 and use "Superspeeds " ram caching software.
If you have enough ram you can even completely mirror an entire drive/partition rather than caching it.
 

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