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Faster, Easier, Simpler Storage Technology: Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™

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AMD has teamed up with high-end server storage technology company Enmotus to bring advanced, intelligent storage acceleration to AMD Ryzen™ desktop processor owners!

In 2017, AMD disrupted the processor market with Ryzen™ desktop processors, delivering incredible multi-threaded performance to consumers. But in many ways, platforms are just as important as the processors that sit on them. If you want to make a real difference in the way people experience PC performance, you need to continuously push to open other bottlenecks like memory, I/O, and storage. That’s why we provided a free NVMe RAID upgrade to the X399 (Threadripper) platform in October of the same year, enabling some of the most bandwidth ever seen on a consumer desktop platform.

  While it’s great to push the limits of what’s possible for enthusiasts, the average user isn’t going to invest a large amount of money in expensive, high-capacity NVMe drives. So we looked for a way improve storage performance for everyone with a Ryzen desktop processor. We started with a list of goals, like improving storage performance and lowering loading times. Because AMD believes in open hardware standards, it prefers to work with off-the-shelf, non-proprietary NVMe, SSD, and hard disk drives. Finally, it must be convenient for users – any superior storage acceleration solution needs to be easy to set up, and simple to use.

Introducing Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for Ryzen™, exclusively for AMD on Consumer Desktop PCs
To achieve these goals, AMD partnered with Enmotus, a company that develops high-end server-class storage solutions designed to optimize both performance and capacity in the data center. We worked together to tailor Enmotus’ FuzeDrive software for use with AMD Ryzen desktop processors in the consumer desktop PC space, for systems using the AMD A320, B350 and X370 chipsets (Socket AM4* Ryzen™ 7, 5, and 3*) and the X399 chipset (socket sTR4 Ryzen™ Threadripper). That software is available for purchase today from Enmotus today for $19.99.
*Note: Enmotus FuzeDrive™ now supports the AMD A320 chipset


How does Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen work?

First, the FuzeDrive software analyzes all of the storage hardware available on your system, from fastest to slowest: from DDR4 RAM, to 3D Xpoint NVMe drives, standard NVMe drives, SSD drives, and mechanical hard disks. During the setup process, it combines these disks into what your system sees as a single, larger disk. Unlike caching schemes, FuzeDrive™ lets you use both the SSD and the HDD capacity together as one large boot drive.  For example, you can now combine a 128GB SSD and 2TB hard drive into a large bootable 2.1TB high performance FuzeDrive™.

Once installed, FuzeDrive™ intelligently and continuously analyzes your system, activating an ongoing process to make it as fast and responsive as possible. For instance, your Windows operating system boot files are moved to the fastest non-volatile storage to accelerate boot times. And as you use your PC from day to day, FuzeDrive™ notices what applications you run and automatically prioritizes the applications and data you use the most, so it’s accessed as quickly as possible from the fastest storage tier available. That means faster boot times, faster application and game load times, and a more responsive system.

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Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™ Benefits: Performance

First and foremost, FuzeDrive™ srives to deliver faster storage performance with the hardware you have. That means you can spend less time waiting for programs, games, and files to load. FuzeDrive™ also scales that performance benefit with new, faster storage that you might add later. To best illustrate this, let’s consider a few scenarios:

  • Performance option 1: You installed Windows on a relatively slow mechanical hard drive. With FuzeDrive™, if you add an SSD or NVMe drive later, you will enjoy the speed of an SSD when you boot your PC, or load programs and data that you most often employ.
  • Performance Option 2: You installed windows on a fast SSD drive, but are running out of capacity. If you add a large mechanical hard disk, FuzeDrive™ will recognize that the programs you use most should stay resident on the speedy SSD, and move the data that is rarely accessed to the mechanical hard disk. This gives you the best of both worlds: high performance with large capacity.
  • Performance Option 3: For the fastest booting and storage, a large conventional SSD paired with bootable 3D Xpoint NVMe drive for incredible booting speed, application launch, and data access performance.

Of course, these are only three simple scenarios to illustrate the benefits of FuzeDrive. The software is also able to add DDR4 RAM to the drive pool for the fastest possible responsiveness, advanced 3D Xpoint and NVMe SSDs for incredible boot times and speedy transfers, and large mechanical hard disks for giant capacity. The bottom line is, Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™ delivers an incredible combination of storage speed and storage size.


How much faster is Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™?
It depends based on the storage hardware you choose to combine with FuzeDrive, but the performance increase can be colossal when you add an SSD to a PC that uses a mechanical hard drive with Microsoft Windows installed:

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Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™ Benefits: Convenience

More performance is always welcome, but what if you're not a PC genius? And what if you don't want to re-install your operating system and all of your programs to enjoy it?
The good news is that FuzeDrive™ was designed to be plug and play for easy setup. Just run the software, point it at the NVMe, SSD, mechanical hard disks (and RAM) you want to merge into a single, optimized drive, and it automatically and intelligently does the rest. It’s really that simple.

Note that this process organically merges your hard drives into a single, larger drive; a single drive letter as seen by your operating system. This means no more nuisance of deciding whether you want to install a program on your SSD or your mechanical hard disk, drive C, or D, or E. Because of this, FuzeDrive™ lets you to easily manage large libraries on one single drive that holds all of your data and applications – not a bunch of different disks to keep track of.


Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™ Benefits: Value

AMD is a firm believer that our users benefit from open hardware standards, so it should be no surprise that FuzeDrive™ works with cost effective, non-proprietary NVMe, SSD, and hard disk hardware. Mix and match different types of storage and manufacturers to your hearts content, and FuzeDrive™ will merge them into a single drive to deliver the best possible performance, regardless.

Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™, Available Now!

There’s no need to wait for faster boot times, shorter load times, more convenience, and incredible value thanks to a storage system upgrade courtesy of Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™. You can purchase Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™ on Enmotus’ website today for $19.99.

FOOTNOTES:
RZN-116: Testing by AMD Performance labs as of 12/21/2017 on the following system. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on driver versions used. System Configs:  AMD Ryzen 5 1600X, GA-AX370 AORUS Gaming 5 motherboard, 16GB of dual-channel DDR3-3200,  Graphics driver 23.20.768.0 (17.40), and a Seagate Barracuda 500GB boot drive.  When Enmotus FuzeDrive was enabled,  a Samsung 950 PRO NVMe drive was added to the drive pool. Without Enmotus FuzeDrive for Ryzen, the system took 28.611 seconds to complete a boot to windows via explorer; 21.421 seconds to initialize SMSS; 2.274 seconds to initialize the Windows Logon; 56.04 seconds to launch adobe premiere; 59.27 seconds to launch adobe photoshop; and 85.09 seconds to launch DOOM. With Enmotus FuzeDrive for Ryzen enabled, the system took 10.534 seconds to complete a boot to windows via explorer (28.611/10.534=272%, or 172% faster); 3.926 seconds to initialize SMSS (21.421/3.926=546%, or 446% faster); 1.461 seconds to initialize the Windows Logon (2.274/1.461=156%, or 56% faster); 8.27 seconds to launch adobe premiere (56.04/8.27=678%, or 578% faster); 5.75 seconds to launch adobe photoshop (59.27/5.75=1031%, or 931% faster); and 38.77 seconds to launch DOOM (59.27/38.77=219%, or 119% faster). RZN-116

54 Comments
Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Здравствуйте! Если я сменю материнскую плату или другие комплектующие - я лишусь лицензии?

Hello! If I change the motherboard or other components - I'll lose my license?

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Приветствую. Данный продукт не привязывается к материнской плате. Только

процессоры.

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Miniboss
Miniboss

Impressive gains

No, you will not lose the license if you change hardware!

It is tied to a key, so hardware can be changed.

But only 1 instance of the software can be running at any time.

Kind regards,

- Don Woligroski

Adept I
Adept I

For Linux?

Sorry, Windows 10 only!

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

How much drives could be joined into array?

You can combine two drives, ideally one SSD and one large hard disk for capacity.
The large capacity hard disk can be up to 31.8 TB

Only 128 GB of SSD space will be used.
If your SSD is larger than 128 GB, the remaining space over 128 GB will be reserved for another partition

If you're installing on a bootable SSD larger than 128GB, and its an existing bootable install using more than 128GB of space on that bootable SSD, you'll need to move some files off to be under the 128GB limit in order to Fuze the drive with the hard disk.

Adept I
Adept I

The limited flexibility compared to PrimoCache makes this a really tough sell. I want to combine more than 2 drives, I want to be able to combine non boot drives together, and I want to be able to have more fast tier storage.

I understand that FuzeDrive has the benefit of all the space being useable, however from personal experience of testing PrimoCache, even a small cache can be sufficient for large HDD's for many workloads, including gaming.

In short, I just want AMD to negotiate a more flexible license for FuzeDrive.

Well, remember that FuzeDrive isn't a caching technology, it's a drive pool... you don't suffer the same processing load penalty as caching.

(althoguh in FuzeDrive, you *can* add up to 2GB of RAM as a cache, apart from the drive pool).

But we are looking into options for users to expand the capacity limits...

Adept III
Adept III

Definitely going to check this out when my 1800x arrives. Been having storage issues and this seems like it could help.

Forerunner
Forerunner

I'm curious how robust this is. If a drive dies, will it render the Fuzedrive unbootable? Is all the data from the logical volume lost?

Would be as robust as RAID 0, so back up as you would with any striped volume. We're considering options that would allow the software to duplicate info on the large storage for redundancy.

Adept I
Adept I

How does this work in conjunction with RAMCACHE ​II?

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Is this compatible with Intel Optane?

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

If this can be used on any Ryzen board and they make a version of Intel too, then it's not really a "feature", especially since I have to pay for it.  On top of that it does not support my HDD Raid10 and I would need to pay $60 to use my full 500GB m.2 drive.

Go back to the drawing board and return with a true "feature" that:

  1. Something like true Optane support (or a dedicated m.2)
  2. Works with RAID
  3. Works without supporting software
  4. Works in any OS (ie setup from BIOS)
  5. I don't have to pay extra for
Adept I
Adept I

Will FuzeDrive support my system with a WD Black NVMe 512gb M.2 as C: with 64gb of used space, with 2 Seagate Momentus 500gb SSHD's, 1 for games and 1 for Backups?

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

When I try to install this on my Threadripper system, using a 1950X and an Asrock x399 professional gaming motherboard, I get error 216: StoreMI is ONLY authorized for AMD Ryzen 400-series PC's. StoreMI install aborted.

Is this a bug? It is my understanding that the basic version of StoreMI should be free for sTR4 x399 based systems.

I verified all the latest Windows 10 updates are installed, and I am on x399 chipset drivers version 18.10.

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Have you figured it out yet?
I mean, other than looking at the post again and re-reading that you need the Enmotus FuseDrive instead of StoreMi for the X399 systems.

Yes, for now you need to purchase Enmotus Fuzedrive for X399 threadripper systems

We are looking into more storage options for Threadripper, so stay tuned!

Adept I
Adept I

Will I be able to speed up a certain non-boot drive ...For example have a Nvme as my boot drive and use a SSD to speed up my storage drive or game drive or my editing drive ?

Thanks

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

I don't think it works that way, you gain speed on your C:/ drive using an SSD, so if you are trying to run all your games from a secondary SSD this won't make them launch faster (It might just delete them to make enough space), you'd be better off swapping your SATA SSD and nvme SSD operations before you would see benefits for games. Or move the games to the NVME drive.

Yes! You can accelerate a non-booting drive.
Typical configurations would be:

SSD + Hard Disk, combined into a single accelerated "C:" drive

*or*

SSD #1 (maybe NVMe, but could be SATA) = Boot Drive "C:"
SSD#2 (Once again, can be either NVMe or SATA)+ Hard Disk, combined into a single accelerated "D:" drive

Adept I
Adept I

Thanks for the info ,,greatly appreciated

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Do I have to reinstall everything to set this up? Also, can more drives be added as needed?

1. You do not have to reinstall everything... if you've installled your OS on an SSD, just add a hard disk and run the enmotus software.

If you've installed your OS on a hard disk, add an SSD and run the enmotus software...

2. You can only pair one hard disk with one SSD per license of the software

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

So does that mean that if you buy two licenses, you can have 2 ssds and 2 hdds on one machine using enmotus?

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

If you have other OSes, such as linux, are the enmotus (RAID?) configuration of drives readable by other operating systems on the same physical machine? Or is it something where once you Enmotus'ify your drives, access is locked to Windows only? Finally, if the motherboard dies, can I put the drives on another machine, enter my key and recover my data?

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

I have this drive config:

1. 128Gb SSD with OC

2. First 500Gb HDD with data

3. Second 500Gb HDD with data

How to properly use this utility to increase data HDD speeds?

You can combine the SSD with one of the Hard Disks.

The other hard disk can not be accelerated with FuzeDrive.

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Can I combine M.2 500Gb SSD with 2TB HDD?

Adept II
Adept II

Yes, you may need to upgrade to a higher level of Fuzedrive or you can partition your SSD so 128GB/OS is part of Fuzedrive and the remainder a separate drive.

That's my understanding of it anyway.

See the web site, the $59 version (there may be a cheaper upgrade price, I didn't check) supports up to 1TB SSD.

FuzeDrive

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

I've already bought Fuzedrive Pro but it does not work.

Now I have one M2 with Windows 10 installed and two 1TB HDDs for data.

I want to make clean OS install with FuzeDrives

As I undrestood I need to install system on HDD and fully clean M2 and second HDD.

Then create New Bootable FuzeDrive and migrate or install OS on created Drive.

Am I right or I've missed something? Thanks

Adept II
Adept II

As mentioned, only one HDD is supported and the 2nd one will just be an extra drive.

I would suggest setting it up with one of the HDDs disconnected (maybe make a backup of the others onto it if space allows) and then once FD is up and running, add back the 2nd HDD and use it for things that don't need the speed, like media files.

You can install clean on either the SSD or the Hard Disk, it does not matter. After you do a clean install, you just fuse the OS drive with the other drive.

As nemesis mentioned, you can only combine a single SSD with a single Hard Disk.

You cannot combine an SSD with two hard disks.

If I don't understand your question, or you need support for any reason, call up enmotus - they have really good support for fuzedrive at the Enmotus Support​ page.

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

So I found out about this feature a month after building my system. My OS and some programs are installed on my 240Gb SSD, the rest of my stuff is already in a 1T HDD. I have yet to find a solution so merge both populated drives, can anyone help me with this? I have only seen how to do it with a new drive.

Thanks!

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

If all your boot partitions have created on SSD you only need to clean HDD. After create Bootable FuzeDrive, your C: drive will extend to 1,2Tb Fuze Partition. Backup your HDD partitions and everything will be OK

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Thanks! I'll look into it!

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Hi Guys!

I've just had a couple of really hard days when my system went into irreparable bootloop on a StoreMI installation...

Everything is well in the end, but I wish there was something in the FAQ suggesting that:

a. You can't simply install a new system on the same partition with the option of keeping the data (at least in my case) - I know you shouldn't be doing this but I was desperate to recover the data asap and get the system running.

b. If you pop in a drive with a working Windows installation and install the Store MI drivers, your tiered drive will be recognised without any problems and you can carry on with your life as soon as you copy the data.

I ended up buying a separate SSD for that (which is a welcome addition to my store family, so no harm done, haha). But honestly a small mention in the FAQ would've soothed my nerves!

Cheers!

You might be able to use a utility to migrate your OS to the HDD, and then merge them later after you've moved your files... check the user guide here:

StoreMI Technology for Socket AM4 motherboard | AMD

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Hello there,

I've got 1TB NVME SSD, 6 X 1TB SATA SSD, so is can I used Fuzedrive to create 2TB bootable drive (1TB NVME + 1TB SATA) 2TB non-boot drive and another 2TB non-boot drive?

And can I used 4G ram on each drive acceleration?

Hi Scott,

  • Each FuzeDrive and StoreMI license works for ONE pair of SSD and hard disk. If you want to pair multiple drives, you have to buy licenses for each.

  • The 4G acceleration is SYSTEM acceleration, not DRIVE acceleration, so it’s applied once per system.

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

thanks I may try the fuzedrive plus for performance test

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Hello there,

  I just downloaded the software AMD Store Mi.

It was free since i have a ryzen 5 2600.

Question 1:   I have a 120gb SSD, And a blank 1tb HDD.   Will that work?

Question 2:  If i upgrade to a 256 SSD or Higher will the software still work?

Thanks

Hi Boggsy:

1. It is free with a 400-series chipset, the processor doesn’t matter

2. It will work with a 128GB SSD and 1tb hard disk

3. It will work with SSDs up to 256gb. If you have a larger SSD, you can partition it to work with a partition 256GB in size or smaller, or you can pay for an upgrade StoreMI to use SSDs up to 1TB.

But honestly, a 256GB SSD is really all you need. That’s big enough to hold the blocks you tend to hit the most.

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Thanks for the reply. 

Last question:  If my 1TB HDD fails, or surprisingly breaks,  will it bother my original files?  will i be able to just remove the broken 1TB HDD and keep on playing and working? 

If one of the two drives fail in a fused drive, it’s the same result as if you had a single drive that failed – data loss.

You can’t remove the failed drive and continue with the other, you’d have to reformat and reinstall.

Always back up your data!

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Thanks for the info

Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Hey, i bought program and using on Gigabyte aorus gaming k5 ax370 motherboard. I was Combine 120gb empty ssd with 3TB hdd, and added 2gb ram cache. This program working good in first 10minute after 10 minute reading speed turning back to normal (120mb/sec). Whats aproblem pls help me ;(

Adept I
Adept I

I have Enmotus as well, and there were some issues for me at first as well,

had it for over a year now and it is working perfectly, however I would

highly recommend contacting the Enmotus team, they are awesome, and quick

to respond, I was literally contacting them for almost a week straight, but

they made sure I got my installation right, 5 star customer service, and I

don't hand out a rating like that lightly.