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Planning to get either one of these setups for the Vertex 3;

2 x 120GB

or

1 x 240GB.

Both are exactly the same price. So I'm just considering price/performance ratio here.

I know I won't have TRIM in RAID. I currently have two X25-M's in RAID0 and I have seen no performance degradation over the past 5 months of using them.

With the two 120GB's, I will see extreme performance of around 1GB/s sequential reads and random 4K performance is much better, too.

As far as I can work out, the only advantage to getting the single 240GB drive would be the ability for TRIM, which I don't miss on my current setup.

It may seem like I've already made up my mind and want to go with the RAID setup, however I'd like your opinions. Thanks.
Edited by Outcasst - 5/1/11 at 9:33am
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Do you constantly transfer large files?
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Not on the SSD, but with RAID the random reads and writes are much better which is better for loading times.
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I was wondering the same thing.2 X 120GB in RAID 0 is what i was thinking because the double read and write speeds which would cost crazy money otherwise.Don't buy THE vERTEX 3's just yet though as there is a newer version-the Vertex 3 Max-IOP's.Can TRIM not work at all with RAID?Supprised no-onre has found a way round this yet.

Could you just plug one SSD in and use TRIM to tidy it up then put back in RAID 0?Is'nt TRIM a bit like Defrag?
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Here's what I've found so far for benchmarks

240GB Single



120GB RAID0




The RAID setup blows it out of the water for exactly the same price.
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Thats the exact same thing I was looking into earlier this month. My problem is that my OS and games is approaching the 240gb limit, and I will need more space in the future. My choice right now would be to get 1x 240gb drive, that way if I need another one in a couple years, I can raid the two for massive speed, and hopefully in a couple years a 240gb SSD will be significantly cheaper.

Depending on your space usage on your drive now, I would suggest you go for the 240 now, and get another later if or when you need it.
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Im pretty sure newer intel chipset sata controllers will max out ~650MB/s so unless your getting a decent pci-e raid controller i think you would be bottlenecking a pair of vertex 3's.
    
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Im pretty sure newer intel chipset sata controllers will max out ~650MB/s so unless your getting a decent pci-e raid controller i think you would be bottlenecking a pair of vertex 3's.
The RAID benchmark I posted earlier was done on the P67 platform (what I have) which can easily break 1GB/s
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Outcasst View Post
The RAID benchmark I posted earlier was done on the P67 platform (what I have) which can easily break 1GB/s
You sure ? Got a link ?

Every p67 bandwidth test ive seen says otherwise. If thats not the case anymore i might be doing something different as well.
    
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2x Vertex 3 120GB RAID0 on P67 intel 6G Ports (128k Stripe size)

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?...post1037091856

Plus the screenshot shows it's using the iaStor driver, which is intel onboard.
Edited by Outcasst - 5/1/11 at 10:05am
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