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Well upgrade time is upon me and it has me looking at replacing my current Seagate Barracudas 7200.10s. Thinking about going back to one hard drive for simplicity's sake, but don't know if I should due to the speed decrease. Now I have batted around the idea of getting a SSD, but the price per GB turns me completely off. For the price of an SSD, I could get a 2 Samsung F3s in RAID0, having them be just as fast as an SSD, with ten times more storage. Also thought about getting a SATAIII drive as well......

Thoughts?
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Well upgrade time is upon me and it has me looking at replacing my current Seagate Barracudas 7200.10s. Thinking about going back to one hard drive for simplicity's sake, but don't know if I should due to the speed decrease. Now I have batted around the idea of getting a SSD, but the price per GB turns me completely off. For the price of an SSD, I could get a 2 Samsung F3s in RAID0, having them be just as fast as an SSD, with ten times more storage. Also thought about getting a SATAIII drive as well......

Thoughts?
This seems the most sensible option to me.
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Mechanical hard drives do not saturate the 6GB/s that SATAIII provides and will be no different if you were using a SATAII drive. Unless you are talking about getting a SSD SATAIII drive that's the only thing that will come close to using more than 3GB/s that you need SATAIII for.

I was in the same predicament that you are currently in just a few weeks ago. I just opted in getting 2 x 2TB Hitachi drives and throw them in Raid 0 which is amazingly fast. I think I'm going to wait another year or so for these SSDs to catch up fully to SATAIII and the price/Gb to go down.
Edited by Doogiehouser - 5/13/11 at 6:23am
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Well upgrade time is upon me and it has me looking at replacing my current Seagate Barracudas 7200.10s. Thinking about going back to one hard drive for simplicity's sake, but don't know if I should due to the speed decrease. Now I have batted around the idea of getting a SSD, but the price per GB turns me completely off. For the price of an SSD, I could get a 2 Samsung F3s in RAID0, having them be just as fast as an SSD, with ten times more storage. Also thought about getting a SATAIII drive as well......

Thoughts?
The sustained speed for some portions of the RAID0 F3's drive might be around what a SSD has, but it won't come close to the random access. What will you be using the drive for? Primarily storage, or OS/programs?

I'm disgusted by the high cost of SSD's, and while I think that they are vastly superior in terms of speed and access time, I still don't think they're proven in terms of durability that I'd want to spend hundreds of dollars for less than a half a GB of space.
    
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This seems the most sensible option to me.
Very much agreed. Especially if you are correct about raid0 of those two stated drive being as fast as and SSD.

Have you heard of SSDs that use a pci-e slot? that are double the read write speed of you standard Sata SSD.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227579
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a couple of mechanical drives in RAID may be able to match an SSD in sequential throughput, but they are completely destroyed by their solid state counterparts when it comes to random performance. The difference is orders of magnitude - there is no better upgrade for a PC currently than an SSD to use as an OS drive.
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Oh wait. Here is the fastest one. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227661

740MB/s write max. O.O
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Oh wait. Here is the fastest one. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227661

740MB/s write max. O.O
For $2.25/GB I'll pass
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Oh wait. Here is the fastest one. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227661

740MB/s write max. O.O
Nope.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-517-_-Product

1.4GB/s,
    
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$4.40/GB.... even better
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