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M.2 SSD Drive or intel optane for Caching on an AMD A10 Laptop with a strict budget

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Hello everyone,

Ok so basically i have a 50$ AUD budget on improving my laptop's performance, i own a Dell Inspiron 15 5576 Gaming Laptop AMD Version with an AMD A10 9630P and RX 460. and it only has a normal mechanical 1TB HDD 5400 RPM Drive and i want to improve performance.

I did consider a 1TB SSHD but they are at cheapest 89$ in AU

An M.2 SSD 128GB goes for 49$
An intel optane 16GB is 30$

From research, it's AMD so i cant use intel SRT or intel RST to improve performance on my storage devices, i also looked into Dataplex which got sold to samsung but was popular so thats not a solution

This plan would involve buying an M.2 SSD Drive 128GB or 64GB on the cheap and using software to make it a cache drive, and as i said above, dataplex and intel SRT arent an option and AMD have something similar but its only for ryzen located here
https://www.anandtech.com/show/12233/amd-tech-day-at-ces-2018-roadmap-revealed-with-ryzen-apus-zen-o...

the only one i found was http://www.romexsoftware.com/en-us/fancy-cache/

But i have not seen any video's or any performance benchmarks showing that fancy cache even works.

So thats the options that i have found ( please correct me if im wrong ) for SSD Caching with and M.2 SSD Drive and software solutions

The other option is Intel optane 16GB M.2 SSD Slot version

I did alot of reading and reviews which stated that intel optane does not work on AMD and only worked on intel platforms, but this was all from 2016, it seems their was an update in which intel allowed them to work on any M.2 NVMe slot, but i havnt seen any videos or proof, just articles

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3105854/computers/intel-paves-way-for-3d-xpoint-ssds-and-memory-to-w...

So i need some advice, Should i go with M.2 SSD + HDD + Software ( unsure of what software yet, please advise )

Or buy an intel optane and try my luck

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You'd need a software solution since your system doesn't support a separate drive for caching natively. I'm not aware of any 3rd party caching solutions that are recommended.

How much usable storage did you need?

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