SanDisk ReadyCache 32GB SSD improves boot time and offers faster computing experience. Like in Laptop we get easy option to add a SSD along with regular hard drive. Many of us are aware about SSD performance, but due to a costly background, this drive is not yet accepted easily. However there is a cost effective alternative available that really works. Thanks to SanDisk. In collaboration with ExpressCache software by Condusiv, SanDisk’s 32GB SSD is capable of boosting your boot in time from minutes to seconds. And with that your application performance is much improved. Specifically designed to boost performance of Windows 7 & Windows 8 we are going to discuss the performance in more detail. Below you are going to understand how ExpressCache works and does buying SanDisk ReadyCache 32GB SSD is a wise choice or not. The problem with SSD’s is first relative low amount of space, high cost and an alien connector. From long time we are seeing using SSD as mode of data storage where we can transfer files faster. But we can also use it as the default boot media. Many laptop manufacturers offers you an upgrade option where you can get your OS in the SSD partition which lies around 30GB, and the second drive can be used for your storage purpose. The same concept is applied here. You can use ReadyCache 32GB SSD as your OS partition only. Another best thing about this drive is that it is designed with SATA III connectors. So there is no need to spend amount on buying a costly enclosure.
ReadyCache comes with minimum complexity of installation. With mere hardware knowledge you can connect the drive to your system with SATA port which comes with the drive and install windows on that. We had made a video review of this SSD that you can find on TechArena.in/Video or simply search TechArenaIndia on Youtube. You can find a set of reviews and information videos on it. In the video review we had able to show the difference between the boot time among regular 7200rpm hard drive and between ReadyCache 32GB SSD drive. We found a great difference on Windows 8. Windows 8 performance is improved 5 times compared to the regular boot time. It is necessary to get OS like Windows 8 or Windows 7 use on the same. It is not complicated but somehow you have to work with ExpressCache. This is licensed software and luckily you will receive one license key with the SSD. You can find that in separate manual provided in the box called as ExpressCache Activation with a key in the same. So when you are buying that do not forget to download ExpressCache from the official website of SanDisk. Checkout our video review of this ReadyCache SSD.
- Available capacities: 32GB
- Dimensions: 0.28 in. x 2.75 in. x 3.95 in. (7.0 mm x 69.85 mm x 100.5 mm)
- Operating temperature: -32ºF to 158ºF (0ºC to 70 ºC)
- Storage temperature: -67ºF to 203ºF (-55ºC to 95ºC)
- Interface: SATA Revision 3.0 (6 Gbit/s)
- Shock: Resistant up to 1500 G @ 0.5 m/sec
- Vibration (Operating/Non-operating): 5g RMS, 10-200MHZ / 5g RMS, 10-200MHZ
- Power Consumption (active): 0.5w
- Support: Three year limited warranty
- System Requirements: Desktop computers running the Windows 7 operating system.
- An open SATA port must be available on the motherboard to install the SanDisk ReadyCache SSD
Design & Setup :
SanDisk ReadyCache SSD offers a durable design. The central circuit is packed inside a plastic enclosure with no screws on the body. It is a very thin drive. The package comes with a drive bracket. You can see the same in images below. You have to hook the drive on the hold and connect it just like a regular hard drive in the pc. It works with Sata III interface that offers speed upto 6GB/s depending on the port. It is a ideal choice for both gaming and work pc. For professional who work in development, media, etc needs a system that can offer them better processing ability to covert and create heavy videos or program. At that the fastest hard drive available today offers you maximum of 10,000 rpm delivering you speed of 6 GB/s. And above that there is s risk of moving parts that can get damaged easily if the drive is moving at such a high space. Compared to that a SSD lies on lower risk. The setup of SanDisk ReadyCache is easy. You have to put it on the holder and connect on SATA ports of your motherboard. Later on in Disk Management you can find the disc attached as unallocated space. It is better to move your OS to the SSD and find the difference.
We had connected the drive on regular Sata 3Gb/s port which work efficiently for Windows 8. The test machine that we are using has a regular 500GB 7200 RPM hard drive with 3 partitions. Compared to Windows 7, Windows 8 boot time is much lower. It has been improved to great extent.
So we are going to test that on SanDisk ReadyCache 32GB SSD and see what is the actual different between both. In Windows 7 or earlier edition the boot time is affected mostly by start up application. But with the help of ExpressCache software, this 32GB SSD is able to give a decent performance. It works on some hardware level by providing the SSD as a solid source cache memory for the overall system. You can hook the SSD with your existing hard drive. So that makes it more comfortable usage. The specification mentioned under ExpressCache offers a 60% improvement on the boot performance. With the help of this tool you can prioritize the application that you are using more frequently and start them instantly. Without ExpressCache you cannot expect to get optimum performance from ReadyCache 32GB SSD.
After installing Windows 8 on ReadyCache 32GB SSD we found major improvement in the performance. The boot time was reduced to xxx seconds compared to xxxx second on regular 7200 rpm hard drive. So if you are still using a old hard drive and want some upgrades without investing much on the new processor or ram you can add a SSD and that’s all. I will not recommend this amount of drive for gaming pc. You will need a much higher space. For a Windows partition 20 to 40 GB is quite enough. While on a gaming pc, your game folder consumes high space. The difference appeared due to the SSD Cache. A Cache is a kind of temporary memory that work as a dedicated hardware for application launch. It is later not used. And this reduces the ram effort to do all the work. Our processor also comes with tiny cache memory. But that is not well enough. Here with the help of ExpressCache you can manage the size or amount of memory which will be used for caching purpose. The more you give the higher amount of application or bigger operation can be performed at faster rate. You are aware that SSD chips are much better and reliable compared to a high speed rolling platter.
Now on my new Windows 8 system on a regular hard drive it took complete 1 minute, 7 seconds to boot from the time I press the power button without SSD. I am counting everything here. There is no antivirus installed, nor there is any additional application except Microsoft Office 2007. 1 minutes and 7 seconds is a good speed. But if the same we check on a bit older system that is loaded with a antivirus and apps that launch on startup. At that point the boot time is pushed from 3 minutes to 5 or higher. Until the complete desktop appears and allow you to work. To install Windows 8 on SanDisk ReadyCache 32GB SSD you will have to format that first in NTFS file format. Or else it will not be detected in the setup. Just to test the file transfer speed on regular SATA port I moved a 4GB ISO file in the new volume. The current data transfer speed was 50mb/s. Which was much better compared to regular transfer rate. And a 32GB space is not really enough for data storage. So better stick with OS configuration on the same. If you face issue with installation, means if windows is unable to detect the drive or give you error then check your bios option and set the Sata IDE mode to Auto. Or else test with AHCI mode enabled.
It took around 12 minutes to install Windows 8 on it. That time was increased because the system restarted in between and the setup was continued on boot. And I think if there was not much interference it would be less than 10 minutes. After Windows 8 installation on the new SSD volume the boot time was around 12 seconds. That was far impressive. We had installed applications like Office, Video Convertor, Download Manager, Antivirus, Live Camera App, etc. Still the system was performing really well. While transferring files internally inside the SSD, the data speed remains constant around 50mbps. This the minimum and if your hard drive is not busy enough then you can get around 400 mb/s. Check the image below. The reason behind low performance is old SATA port. While if you are on a 3GB/s or 6GB/s you can expect 4 times higher output. Further you can find how ExpressCache works on this SSD drive.
To use ReadyCache you have to dedicate the entire 32GB or a part of it. Once the drive is utilized for ReadyCache you cannot use it for OS or for DATA. This reminds me of Windows ReadyBoost technology. It consume a part of USB drive to boost your the system performance by providing more and faster virtual memory. If you want to use OS on ReadyCache 32GB SSD then you cannot use ExpressCache on it. But there is one way to sort out the issue. You can create a partition in ReadyCache 32GB SSD. I had created a separate 10GB Space on it and configured ExpressCache on it. If there is no dedicated empty partition then ExpressCache will not work. There is no need to format the partition in NTFS or FAT. You can go to Disk Management and Shrink the volume and assign a amount of space you want for caching. Once you are done with creating a dedicated partition for caching you can check in ExpressCache the amount of size taken for caching. ExpressCache keeps on working in the background creating a cache file of your system activities. So that you can get a boost in performance.
There is a clear cache button provided to wipe out old stuff and start rebuilding it. Now a 10GB of high speed Cache memory is available for my system which keeps a track of instructions that I use to run application and move them faster to the processors. Here the RAM is not much troubled. It acts as the open memory to other activity. Depending on the type of application you use, you can choose the amount of SSD to be used as Cache. According to me for every system 4GB is more than enough but for high end gaming or profession work you will need 8GB or higher. A Cache is just like high speed static RAM that is not utilized but used a faster way of transferring instruction between the processor and SSD. ExpressCache is licensed software and the key is provided in the package. To use it you will have to activate it.
SanDisk ReadyCache 32GB proved a cost effective solution to boost your system productivity. It is a optimum choice to convert your exiting Dual Core PC to Core i3 level. By adding a good amount static memory to computer you can run resource intensive application instantly and get a better performance. I had tested the hard drive for around 3 days on different mode and satisfied with that. With a portable solution the SSD takes load of your OS and applications requirement and on the same hand you do not need to upgrade your processor or RAM. That saves your money a lot. For gaming you can trust 32GB SSD but if you can afford to get more size then it is better. The drive works with minimum setup. There is no need for special cable or enclosure. It is well designed to work with Windows 8. ExpressCache on the same hand boost the performance to great extent. There is bit confusion in choosing the right cache size but somehow you can figure out when you will keep on using.
SanDisk ReadyCache 32GB SSD with ExpressCache is one of the easiest solutions available to improve your system performance without buying a costly hardware. The higher amount of SSD is the better performance you can expect. The maximum transfer rate we get in copying or deleting a file inside is 460mb/s. So on that basis you can figure out if you are using the same SSD on a 6Gb/s SATA port then this can exceed the current transfer limit. SanDisk ReadyCache SSD is performance product designed for productivity needs.
- Portable size and easy to connect.
- Boost performance upto 4 times compared to regular hard drive
- SATA III connectivity
- Durable Design
- Works effectively with existing hard drive.
- High Cost
- Less upgrade options