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AnandTech welcomes Intel SSD cache tech

Tech review site AnandTech has given the thumbs up to Intel’s new Z68 Sandy Bridge chipset which debuts the firm’s Smart Response Technology SSD cache system.

SRT combines a very small hard drive including Intel’s purpose built Intel SSD 310 20GB unit with large traditional mechanical drives in order to deliver SSD-like performance for running applications without needing to spend big on large capacity solid state drives.

Arming an Asus P8Z68-V Pro with a Seagate Barracuda 3TB drive and the diminitive 20GB hard drive, Shimpi’s tests showed that app launches were decidedly SSD-like, virtually twice as fast as running from the hard drive alone.

Site founder Anand Al Shimpi said he believed there was a "real future" in SRT but that it needed to become available on a wider arrange of chipsets than the high-end Z68, pointing out that it is the mainstream platforms that stood to gain the most.

"I view SRT as more of a good start to a great technology. Now it’s just a matter of getting it everywhere," said Shimpi.

Read the AnandTech Z68 chipset review here.

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