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Conclusions

In our tests, we saw some pretty impressive performance gains with Smart Response Technology enabled compared to using the hard drive on its own. In some tests, it was actually better than the Kingston SSDNow V+100 SSD.

There were a few instances in which SRT had a negative impact on performance but this is because SRT only caches the most used data. This means benchmarks that measure performance by reading all sectors of the drive will not benefit from SRT like the sequential write test in CrystalDiskMark.

One of the main issues with SRT is that the performance improvements are not consistent and aren’t anywhere near as great for applications and processes that you don’t use very often. If you use a SSD on its own in your system, the performance improvements will be noticeable all around, not just in your most frequently used applications and processes.

The Intel 311 SSD 20 GB SSD costs about USD 100, making it a significantly cheaper option than using an SSD like the Kingston SSDNow V+100 128 GB we used for comparison, which costs in excess of USD 250. Sure you will need to add on the cost of the hard drive to use SRT, but most people who have a SSD as their main drive will use a mechanical hard drive for storage too. So for users who can’t afford a SSD as their main system drive but want SSD-like performance, Smart Response Technology with the Intel Larson Creek 311 is a great option.

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Henry has been taking apart computers since the age of 10, which eventually lead to a career in technology journalism. He's written for numerous leading UK technology websites as well as writing advisory articles for Best Buy.