Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache Review.
The Crucial Adrenaline requires the Dataplex software to work as a cache drive. What does that mean? Well after you download and install the Dataplex software the drive will be caching your most frequently used data on your SSD and improve the performance compared to your mechanical drive, without you having to sacrifice those extra GB that a spinning drive can give.
So first we need to go to the Crucial website, register our Adrenaline SSD and download the Dataplex software. After that we then extract the files, run the install.exe file as administrator, and the first screen will appear. Simply click next to continue.
The first welcome screen
You can spend a few seconds reading the Licence Agreement, then check the box and click next. After that you will be asked to enter the Serial number that was provided with the drive.
Now all you need to do is to select your OS drive and the Adrenaline drive as your cache drive, make sure that you have selected the correct drives then again click next.
The software will show you your product key, and the OS drive along with the cache drive. If you have everything setup correctly you can then click install and wait for the process to complete. After a the software is installed and you will be asked to reboot your system. After the reboot you will need to check if the Dataplex software is enabled. Simply follow the instructions that are in the PDF document, and if all goes well you should see the following screen.
System and Software requirements.
Now let’s start with some “slow” benchmarks, kindly provided by my mechanical hard drive…