Crucial announces 'Adrenaline' hybrid storage kit with 50GB m4 SSD

By on January 5, 2012, 6:30 PM

Although solid state drives aren't as pricy as they used to be, they're still considered somewhat of a luxury. With some success, manufacturers have attempted to bridge the gap between flash drives and mechanical storage with hybrid solutions such as Intel's Smart Response Technology and Seagate's Momentus XT drives. Determined to show its rivals how it's done, Crucial has entered the arena with a slightly unique contender that makes it easier to boost the performance of your sluggish hard drive.

The company's new "Adrenaline Solid State Cache" package contains a 50GB m4 SSD, a 3.5-inch adapter and software that caches your most frequently access data. The beauty of this setup is that it doesn't require you to purchase anything other than Adrenaline kit to boost the performance of your existing hard drive. By comparison, the Intel's offering requries an SRT-ready chipset to link cache and storage drives, while the Momentus XT is more of a replacement hard drive with extra cache.

To configure the cache drive, you only have to connect the m4 to your motherboard and power source then boot your machine and install the caching software to link your flash and mechanical drives. The caching application is fully automated, runs in the background and requires no user management, according to Crucial. We haven't seen pricing details, but the m4 occupies the budget end of the market with a 64GB model costing about $110 or $1.72 per gigabyte, about as cheap as you'll find for such a unit. With that in mind, we're hoping the Adrenaline kit is under $90.

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---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Thats awesome, so I could go with a cheaper chipset like the P67 rather than forking over the extra dough for a Z78 chipset. Greater selection at a lesser price I imagine with the P67. The only other thing it lacks is Virtu, which uses your cpu's onboard gfx for light gfx duty, such as you tube videos,etc. That saves your graphics card from being called upon for everything.. but, I dont pay the power bill here so who cares.

Guest said:

I wonder if we can use the caching application with other SSDs out ther other than this Adrenaline drive.

mados123 said:

Nice. I wonder if it can be added to an existing setup. Interesting as the first solution I saw like this was awhile ago from Silverstone w/ their HDDboost.


sMILEY4ever said:

Isn't this like OCZ Synapse?

kpo6969 kpo6969 said:

sMILEY4ever said:

Isn't this like OCZ Synapse?

Yes it is. Hopefully the software is as easy and less restricting than OCZ's.

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

im interested in seeing what the SSD market looks like when intel launches its next chipset... i think by then i will have a good reason to swap out my raided X-25's, but for now my X58 motherboard lacks functionality anyway. SSD is a must-have for boot drives if you ask me...

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