Our friends from VR-Zone dropped by yesterday to have a look at our new mSATA MBs, and got a first look at the Z68P-DS3. This is an ATX model with reasonably modest features, and this surprised them! So I thought I'd shed some light on our take on Intel Smart Response.
If you're looking for the fastest possible system and have plenty of cash to spend, then an SSD only system is the best way to go, because your OS and all your programs will run from your high-speed SSD. However, if you're looking for the fastest possible system and are on a budget, then you should consider Smart Response, because it speeds up your boot and shut down times, along with other programs that you use most often. So it's not as quick as using an all SSD setup, but faster than a mechanical hard drive only setup.
This is where mSATA SSDs will really play an important role, I believe, because they will become a very reasonably priced alternative to a standard SSD when flash memory device vendors start selling their mSATA SSDs through their consumer distribution channels (same channel as their USB flash drives).
If you're going to be at Computex next week, GIGABYTE and Intel will be demonstrating our mSATA technologies with various Smart Response configurations at our booths and private meeting rooms, or you can drop by the SanDisk booth in the Nangang hall to have a look at the GIGABYTE Z68P-DS3 motherboard with their mSATA SSD.
Computex booth locations:
GIGABYTE: Hall 1, booth No. D002
Intel: TICC (Next to hall 1)
SanDisk: NanGang hall, 4th floor, booth No. N307