I’m about to do a major hardware upgrade after 7 years on the same system and want to ensure I get the most bang for the buck.
I’ve never used bcache before and have been doing some research. I have a background in enterprise storage and have seen many production setups of SSD’s backed by SATA arrays providing screaming performance for many workloads.
I’ve been using Linux as my sole desktop for about 10 years, and will, of course, be sticking with it. What I would like to do is have an attempt at GPU Passthrough to expand some of my gaming options.
My thoughts are to create a RAID 1 array from two 6TB SATA drives for redundancy, add in a 1TB NVME M.2 SSD, and use this as the caching device, with all of my partitions residing on the SATA drives
Does anyone have enough real-world experience with bcache to comment if this is a viable setup for a desktop system?
Having an older system is going to mean even an upgrade gone wrong will provide a performance improvement over what I have, so I’m cautious of going down this route, seeing the bump from the new components, but missing out on extra gains that are possible with a different or sub-optimal config, but settling for it anyway because it will be better than what I have…
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