When we first started our report of the OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB SATA 3 SSD, we identified several criteria that would have to be met in order to obtain a successful recommendation at the end of the day. The Synapse Cache would have to have a speedy boot time, visible performance upgrade in normal activities, would have to speed up other logical drives and its performance would have to be exemplary and demonstrated through testing.
As I compile this final report using the Synapse Cache system I created, I have to admit that I cannot tell the difference between this and the SSD I would typically have in place as my boot drive. In fact, I think this configuration actually boots faster. Our test results, as shown in both synthetic and PCMark Vantage testing, demonstrate that the Samsung M8 1TB 5400RPM hard drive is performing at and above the level of some of the best SSDs available.
There was one criteria that I valued so highly that I would have given the Synapse Cache a failing grade if it hadn’t succeeded. This was the boot time from a cold boot after the system had been in an off state for over ten hours. I will even admit that I never had the confidence that it would boot quick enough for my liking. The initial boot time of the Synapse Cache of 13 seconds just blew me away; I never thought this possible.
Lets consider this for a second. My initial boot time was 1 minute and 45 seconds compared to that of 13 seconds with the Synapse Cache which is a savings of 1 minute and 30 seconds. If the average person starts their computer three times a day, on average, that’s a savings of 4.5 minutes per day or over 27 hours a year just sitting and waiting for your computer to start.
What is one day a year worth to you?
The OCZ Synapse Cache SSD is deserving of our Editors Choice Award. It’s release opens up a new door for consumers looking to significantly upgrade their present system without having to break the bank or reinstall a system that has served them well for some time.
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