Your Ryzen-based Windows 11 PCs could be snappier with new StoreMI

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AMD has released the latest version of its StoreMI SSD caching software today. The major highlight of the new version is support for Microsoft's new Windows 11 OS. While it hasn't been explicitly stated, it's possible the new version brings certain Windows 11-specific optimizations under the hood.

For those unaware, the StoreMI technology enables the system to use available SSDs to act as cache drives paired with slower rotational HDDs. The technology is based on Enmotus' FuzeDrive which was temporarily available for standalone purchase earlier before AMD incorporated the technology as a motherboard feature and rebranded it to StoreMI.

As with any new release, there are a few known issues with StoreMI that are given below:

  • After installing AMD StoreMI, performance of some models of M2 SATA SSD may drop

  • AMD STOREMI installation fails on some systems where:

    • Dual operating system (OS) is configured. In such scenarios, AMD StoreMI is only supported on the primary OS

    • StoreMI installation may fail on some B550 systems due to Pagefile being set to non-Boot Drive by default, in such case enable paging for Boot Drive only and try installing StoreMI.

The chipset support for StoreMI has expanded gradually compared to when it first came out. The image below (click to enlarge) shows all supported AMD chipsets and CPU families.

AMD StoreMI supported chipset and CPU

A list of requirements has also been provided:

  • At least one rotational hard disk (HDD) of any capacity larger than the SSD cache device. The HDD must be connected to a SATA port provided in the AMD processor or chipset.

  • At least one unformatted, uninitialized, unallocated SATA or NVMe SSD for storage acceleration. If using a brand new, unused SSD, simply plug the SSD into the system. Most new SSDs will offer a default name to identify it in the AMD StoreMI Cache device menu. A used SSD can be re-used as an AMD StoreMI cache device. However, all the vital data must be backed up by the user and any existing partitions/volumes must be deleted before proceeding.

  • The former AMD StoreMI tiering software must not be installed.

  • The system should not be configured for RAID storage.

  • The maximum drive count is 16.

To download the latest StoreMI, head over to the official website where you can find the relevant link.

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