Hi, I'm new here and just learned about the EliteBytes products.
I am a small computer shop owner and build about 10-20 computers per year (more in the future, I hope). I typically serve people who use very little hard drive space - probably between 100 to 150 GB. I've been using 1 TB 7200 RPM HDDs because they're inexpensive and still "fast" compared to their old worn out drives.
I want to start using SSDs, but don't want to spend $450 for a 1 TB SSD. I know most computer savvy folks use a smaller SSD for their OS and big spinning HDD for data. But I don't want the hassle of teaching my computer-illiterate customers to keep data on their D: drive. They won't do it, and they'll be angry because I sold them a new computer and it's "running out of space" (while their D: drive is empty).
I remembered hearing about SSD caching and thought it would be the perfect solution. Intel's RST seemed rather limited to me. I heard it can only use cache drives up to 32 GB and only on certain chipsets? Intel's web page says it's supported on up to their 7-series chipsets. People aren't talking much about it anymore. It seems like most people quit doing this already and just started buying bigger SSDs instead. But I want to take advantage of the technology for keeping costs low and performance high! With EliteBytes, at least I can see that their software is still getting updated and there's a community here to get support from.
So, now that you know my background, how do you suggest I design my next computers to take advantage of the EliteBytes MaxVeloSSD software? (please forgive me for so many questions...)
- Does it work well with small caching SSDs like 16 or 32 GB? I saw an M.2 drive on Newegg that's 8 GB for merely $20 (MyDigitalSSD brand). Could that really make a performance difference? (why else would they make it?)
- What's the benefit of using a larger caching SSD? Does it JUST have more room to cache more things, or does it become faster with more capacity?
- Is 32 GB already more cache than most people will benefit from in typical computer usage like business programs and tons of browser tabs? Or would more cache make a huge difference in that scenario?
- How much RAM should I plan to include in these PCs? I typically install 8 GB and for power-users I go with 16 GB.
- Can the SSD be invisible to the user, only used for caching so they don't see a red bar telling them it's almost out of free space?
- If the motherboard supports mSATA or M.2 SSDs, is there any reason not to use them? Are they fully compatible with MaxVeloSSD?
- As an OEM, which version should I use? Since I would buy a license for each computer I build, would I license them all to myself and simply give the new owner their license info? Or is there an OEM version that makes licensing easier?
Thanks. I'm excited about the software, but this is all so new to me.