Crucial package the Adrenaline in a box which gives us a clear image of the drive on the front. Inside there are two smaller boxes which slide out, the first containing the drive wrapped in a protective bag and surrounded by foam. In the second box we find product documentation, a SATA cable and a bracket which allows those using a case that doesn’t support 2.5" drives to install the product in a 3.5" bay. Also included is a code to download the Dataplex software.
There are two ways to approach the Adrenaline install but both give the same result. In scenario one we can look to perform a brand new install, for example if we have just built a new system. As normal we install Windows on the mechanical drive, leaving the Adrenaline connected in the system but unused, for now. In scenario 2 we are already setup with an existing install and drop the Adrenaline drive into the system.
From here the two installation methods are the same, we run the Dataplex installer, select the Target Drive (our mechanical model containing Windows) and the Cache Drive (the Adrenaline) and continue through the wizard which takes less than a minute to complete. After a reboot our cache is up and running, Dataplex monitoring our file use and using the Crucial to speed up read and write operations on the fly. Essentially the data/files we use most often are stored on the SSD, the other contents on our mechanical drive and so to give one example if we regularly boot our system the files used in that process will be on the SSD, speeding up our time from off to a usable desktop.
Should we wish to check everything is working a handy tool is available in the start menu which lets us check our Dataplex/Cache status.
Earlier this year Toshiba announced their new generation of SSDs, the HG6. It might not have the snappiest name but if it performs as well against the competition as their previous drives we should be in for an impressive set of figures.
It has been over a year since the 840 Pro hit the market and competitor drives have continued to evolve since then so now it’s time for Samsung to do the same. Launching today is their new 850 Pro SSD featuring many of the aspects which made the 840 Series so attractive, mixed with some evolutions in the tech used. We will be putting it up against some of the best drives the competition can offer to see how this new model performs.