A quick overview of how customers will benefit from using an Ivy Bridge CPU & Board and SSD:
Smart Response Technology – Uses an SSD to cache/store frequently used data. Provides access speeds to those files faster than a standard HDD. Windows needs to be installed on a standard hard drive. A smaller SSD can be used for cache drive. A way to save the customer money with a smaller SSD but still have faster file access speeds. The faster speeds lead to noticeable system responsiveness and less time wasted waiting for applications.
Rapid Start Technology – Uses an SSD to transfer from RAM into storage for Sleep/Hibernation. Enables a 5-8 second ready to go from hibernate and/or sleep. This can be installed on a cache drive like Smart Response or on a boot SSD (a partition needs be created the size of installed RAM). Increases user productivity and improves energy savings as users would use sleep/hibernation more as the wait time is gone.
Smart Connect Technology – Apps can still sync with the cloud/network while in sleep. Requires an SSD and Rapid Start.
Smart Response and Rapid Start can be installed on a smaller SSD. 60GB or so with the main OS being on a larger standard HDD.
Rapid Start can be installed on a boot SSD. Smart Response isn’t needed/possible (as the system is getting faster speed) when the boot drive is an SSD.