INTEL RAPID STORAGE TECHNOLOGY (RST)
Last but not least, I thought we might look at Intel RST as many might consider this SSD for their desktop system. I will admit that I am not a fan of RST as it doesn’t provide installation simplicity to the typical user as it should. A required ‘fresh install’ of your OS is never an enjoyable task much less the knowledge required to dig into your BIOS settings to change your system to RAID mode from AHCI.
Our testing comprised of before and after performance benchmarks of our Samsung 1.5TB SSD and we definitely saw noticeable results. In my opinion though, it would make much better sense to utilize the SSD as a boot disk and the hard drive as a data disk and significantly better visible results would be observed.
ATTO DISK BENCHMARK
Our CDM results will be shown with the HDD alone on the left and cached HDD on the right. Lets see if you can pick out the key factor with respect to visible upgrade in these results.
If you examined the low 4k results closely, you were dead on as the cached result is about 30 times faster than the HDD alone. Granted, RST did show evident improvement in transfer speeds, however, following our SSD Optimization Guide after a fresh install onto the 32GB SSD would have shown significantly better performance.