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AMD STOREMI freezing disk when opening programs (100% disk usage)

Question asked by rafaspeed on Oct 14, 2020
Latest reply on Oct 21, 2020 by pokester

Hello everyone.

Since 2014 I have used the Intel Smart Responde Tecnology solution to speed up my primary mechanical hard drive. It has always worked as expected and very well (Intel H97 Chipset).
Earlier this year I choose to test the AMD platform, as I had seen that it used a similar feature (a small SSD for caching the mechanical hard drive).

I configured AMD STOREMI on my new machine without any error. The solution works in theory, but I have found problems in practice. The system in general accelerates but when opening simple programs such as: Microsoft Word, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, etc., and more "heavy" and for games: Steam, Origin, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw, etc., the system is "paralyzed", waiting for the disc to be "released" after a few 20 seconds or more. This is sufficient so that the computer cannot perform any more tasks, waiting for the disk access to be released before continuing.

I've already reconfigured it 5 times, and the same thing always happens. Right now, I have the cache disabled to be able to work.

Below are my settings:

- Windows 10 PRO 64bit - V.2004-19041
- AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor.
- Motherboard Gigabyte Aorus B450 Elite ATX (BIOS “F51”).
- 16GB Ram DDR4 3200Mhz PCCooler (2x8GB) with active XMP.
- SSD NVME 256GB Asgard AN256NVM3-M.2/80.
- HDD Seagate 2TB ST2000DM006-2DM164.
- PSU OCZ ModXstream-PRO 500W 80plus.
- VGA Gigabyte Nvidia GTX1060 3GB.
- AMD StoreMI V., Driver Version 9.4.0-00009

All parts were tested to exhaustion. I also tested with a 128GB Kingston SATA3 M.2 SSD and another 256 NVME from Wester Digital (Blue). The same problem happens.


Video driver, Chipset (by AMD) and all others updated in the latest versions.

Before making a new configuration of the SSD M.2 for caching, I use DISKPART to remove any partition table or data. My main HDD is in GPT and my motherboard is configured in UEFI, with legacy compatibility turned off (CSM OFF).

Could someone help me say what I'm doing wrong?

Very grateful to everyone!