Crucial Adrenaline SSD Cache Drive - Testing and Software

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Crucial Adrenaline SSD Cache Drive
Testing and Software
Final Thoughts

Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache - Software:

The software the drives the Crucial Adrenaline drive is called Dataplex. The Dataplex software is the brains behind the operation and monitors your system and decides which files and programs it will move onto the Adrenaline caching SSD in order to give you the best performance.

The installation of the Dataplex software is pretty simple. After going to Crucial’s website and entering your product code (that is on the inside of the box) you can download the Dataplex software and be on your way.




The Dataplex software itself is pretty simple interface-wise. Literally all you get is a window that tells you if the software is enabled or not. There are no other options you can change, literally, it's either on or off. The lack of tweaking options might be a minus for some people, however, this product isn’t designed for the person who wants to tweak options, it's designed for the person who want the software to do all the work for them, and that’s exactly what the Adrenaline caching SSD does.



The nice part about the software is that it does it’s work in the background quietly, you won’t be getting pop-up windows every time you boot telling you that its working, the only way you will know if it’s actually working or not is to run the program in your start menu and it will say if it’s on or off.


Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache - Testing:

So this would normally be the section where I would put up a bunch of charts putting this drive up against other SSD drives. Unfortunately, due to the nature of this drive comparing it head-to-head against other SSD drives isn't possible because it's not a typical SSD drive, so head-to-head comparisons are out of the question.

I was hoping to get some standard benchmark results showing how the performance increased, however, once again, due to the nature of this drive those didn't work out either.

So instead of comparison testing this section will be more of a "Personal Observations" section.

Now the theory behind the Crucial Adrenaline drive is to move the most used files onto the SSD in order to speed up performance. One of the most noticeable improvements that I saw was the increase in Windows 7 startup times. Before installation of the Adrenaline drive we were seeing startup times of around 1:20 which isn't anything impressive at all. After a couple reboots, the Adrenaline drive saw that those files were being used a lot and after 3 reboots we saw the startup time drop to around 0:50 which is a pretty substantial improvement.


I was trying to time other programs such as Microsoft Office and Photoshop, however, it's pretty tough to get any sort of accurate results that I could put down into chart form. What I will say though is that after a couple times using a program it became very evident that there was a speed increase. Obviously since our system is pretty dated none of the results were groundbreaking, but there were sure a whole lot faster than before.

After a few days of testing I will say that I am adequately happy with the results that we encountered as any speed improvement is a nice treat. 

Was the performance so super fast that I could barely hold on? No, it was not. Crucial isn't claiming "Install your entire computer on an SSD" performance, it claims performance somewhere between "traditional hard drive" and "SSD" speeds and I'll completely agree with that figure.

That wraps up our testing section, next we'll move onto our final thoughts and award a final score for this product.