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post #1 of 18
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planning to have the fastest storage subsystem with my hardwares.
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GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3
Kingston SSDNow 100V+ 96 GB SSD
2x WD caviar blue 500 GB HDD

I plan to use the SSD as the boot drive for windows and the 2 hard drives in RAID 0 for fast data storage. since my motherboard has 2 SATA controllers, one is the Z68 and the other is the Marvell, should I connect my SSD to the marvell controllers and set up RAID 0 on my Z68? or are there any other way to set up the drives for the best performance?
I also use steam, and would like to install all of my games on the HDD except for one game, ArmA II. that game requires fast storage system for best performance. how can I install only one steam game on the SSD?

first time buying/using SSD, so I'm a newbie in this redface.gif
Edited by james8 - 5/21/11 at 10:35am
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I would connect the ssd to the intel controller ( last I knew marvel had data loss issues ( i am referring to 1366 boards ) ) as for putting just 1 game on your ssd, you can use steam mover for that ( I used it for 3 of my games ) as you are a self proclaimed noob with ssds, I strongly suggest reading some stickies on how to properly set up windows on an ssd what to disable what to move etc. ( page file should go on your raid drives ( for example ) if you have any questions, ask away! biggrin.gif
post #3 of 18
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yes i will read all the stickies about SSD smile.gif
as for the RAID 0 array, do you think i should short-stroke it to about 400 GB (out of 1 TB [actually only 930 something])? i don't see myself using 1 TB anytime soon and would the performance be worth it?
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post #4 of 18
honestly I don't short stroke. I found ultimate defrag ( it defrags the equivalent of short stroking without the need for partitions. it moves most recently used data to the outside of the drive based on volatility ( plus you can specify other files and folders you want at the beginning of the drive ) comes in very handy.. just make sure to never defrag your ssd. creates unnecessary wear
post #5 of 18
That motherboard has the Marvell 9182 controller for SATA3. It's better than the 9128 (which is junk), but your still better off not using it. Put everything on the Intel ports. there is no benifit from putting the mechanical drives on SATA3 and that SSD is also SATA2, if I am not mistaken. That way, you can disable the Marvell controller in bios for a little faster boot. Also, you'll eed a backup drive because you have a RAID array.
I have a Vertex3 for my boot drive, two WD RE4's in RAID0 for data and a WD Cavier Blue for backup. All are on the Intel SATA2 ports, because my mobo has the Marvell 9128 controller.
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post #6 of 18
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I did not know it is possible to set up a raid array plus a single ssd all on the intel controller.
i thought that once u set up raid on intel controller, all the other ports should be unused or part of the array.
I believe there are a couple of sata3 ports on the intel controller so i am good smile.gif

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/954731-marvell-se9182-not-9128-82-not.html
seems to be very positive about the marvell.
Edited by james8 - 5/21/11 at 6:42pm
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post #7 of 18
You can't install just one steam game to a different hard drive every steam game has to be on the same drive.

EDIT: heres a HDtune preformance shot of my X2 WD5000AAKS (Caviar Blue drives) in raid-0

210058d1305159342-please-post-your-hdtune-2-55-bobhdbm.png
Edited by Bobicon - 5/21/11 at 6:39pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bobicon;13589780 
You can't install just one steam game to a different hard drive every steam game has to be on the same drive.

This is not true.. after installing to the mech drives, you can use steam mover to create a junction point in the steam folder and move the game to the ssd
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thanks for that HDTune picture. the curve is what i wanted to avoid. i want to cut off the drop at 50% (middle of the chart) by making the array and only use 400GB of 930 GB.
but yea those are some nice performance. looking forward to setting up my SSD for the first time smile.gif thanks for advice guys.

PS: one thing i need confirmed: so it is possible to set up a raid 0 array with 2 HDD and then have a separate SSD all on the same intel controller? the only reason i want to go with marvell is because i thought doing everything on intel was not possible.
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