System builders are at a crossroads of sorts when it comes time to choose a storage solution. Do you go for balls-to-the-wall performance and slap your wallet silly by investing in a high performance solid state drive (SSD), or are you better off picking up a high capacity, yet slower performing hard drive for a fraction of the cost? There isn't a clear cut answer, but thanks to SilverStone, there might be an alternative. What if you could have both performance and capacity, and not have to spend a fortune to get them?
That's exactly what SilverStone is hoping to make possible with its HDDBoost, a seemingly ingenious device that allows you to combine the capacity of a hard drive with the performance of an SSD by fusing the two together. The end result is a home brewed hybrid drive, one that relies on RAID 1 to take advantage of the strengths of both. Admittedly this all sounds good on paper, but what happens when the rubber meets the road? Good question, and we aim to find out.