Crucial Adrenaline adds an SSD cache to your hard drive

Gary Bettan's thoughts: Today I had the opportunity to meet with Crucial and learn about their new Adrenaline product. I am very intrigued by this concept. I see it as being a potential homerun for video editors. Professional NLE apps like Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere take a while to open up. The more plug-ins. pre-sets and fonts you use, the longer it takes the host app to initially open. Talk to someone who uses Photoshop all the time and has tons of fonts, and they'll tell you the same thing. Creative folks love all the power and performance of their software, they just can't stand waiting for it to open. I think the folks at Crucial may have a great solution for around a hundred bucks. They are going to send us a few to evaluate and we'll report back on the results. I see this as a great way to turbo-charge your NLE with very little cost, effort or time required. by Matthew Hunphries

If your hard drive is starting to show its age, and a quick defrag doesn’t help improve its performance very much, then it might be time to consider an upgrade. But do you replace the drive with a brand new one, or spend a lot more cash and go with a fast SSD instead?

Crucial have decided to give you a third option with the introduction of the Adrenaline SSD drive. It’s only 50GB in size, but isn’t meant to act as a main storage device. Instead, Crucial has set this drive up as a large, very fast cache for the most frequently used files on your system.

The drive is based on the Crucial m4 SSD, meaning up to 500MB/s read speeds and 95MB/s writes. When combined with the included Dataplex caching software Crucial believe you can see up to an 8x improvement in data access when compared to using a standard hard drive alone. read more ...

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