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Whats faster: OCZ vertex 2 in raid 0 or Vertex sata3?

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Ok so it may be a dumb title to some but i am a little unsure as of the results?

Cost is a major thing for me so i have 2 options

OCZ Vertex 2 60gbx2 in Raid 0 = $266 AUS

OR do I pay extra for

OCZ Vertex 3 120gb = $339 AUS

Is the extra 63$ really worth it?

Ill be using it with Win7, i7-2600K and an ASUS z68 vPRO
post #2 of 10
Pretty sure 2 vertex 2's would have much better performance than a single vertex 3 read/write.
Edited by Taylorsci - 5/24/11 at 9:33pm
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Would i lose anything? like features on either of the setups if i were to do this?
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Would i lose anything? like features on either of the setups if i were to do this?

You lose TRIM support with RAID 0.
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A lamens definition is? Like a cleaning system or? Is it a big deal if i lose trim?
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A lamens definition is? Like a cleaning system or? Is it a big deal if i lose trim?

TRIM is a command that Windows 7 send to SSDs to erase blocks that have been filled while the system is idle, so then when those blocks are needed again, they don't have to be erased on the fly. This helps keep SSD performance as fast as possible.

I have RAID 0 SSDs (SandForce-1200 controller, same as in the Vertex 2). The SandForce controller does native garbage collection (GC) (similar to what TRIM does). I have been using my SSDs in RAID 0 for about 6 months and haven't noticed too much of a degradation in performance, so I think the SandForce-1200 garbage collection is doing a decent job on the SSDs.

So I think that if you choose to go the RAID 0 route (like I did), you will be OK losing the TRIM command in Windows 7, because the Vertex 2 performs garbage collection on its own anyway.
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Thanks so much, That was really clear and precise. I could manage with just one 60GB but ive decided to drop froma i7 2600K to a i5 2500K and in theory have gained myself 100$

So i thought why not be safe with 120gb that way I can keep a hell of a alot of programs on there. Maybe even my whole steam collection. Seems logical yes?

If vertex 2 raid 0 defeats vertex 3. Even if it matches it ill be happy
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Thanks so much, That was really clear and precise. I could manage with just one 60GB but ive decided to drop froma i7 2600K to a i5 2500K and in theory have gained myself 100$

So i thought why not be safe with 120gb that way I can keep a hell of a alot of programs on there. Maybe even my whole steam collection. Seems logical yes?

If vertex 2 raid 0 defeats vertex 3. Even if it matches it ill be happy

The real magic, in my opinion, is the access time. I'd imagine that the access time of the Vertex 2 and Vertex 3 are about the same. I think you'll be happy with either setup. If the extra money is not a big deal, I think I'd personally get the Vertex 3. 1/2 the chance of failure, stunning statistics, and TRIM support. If you find you're running out of space, add another Vertex 3 down the road for RAID 0.

Good luck with the new rig. Fun stuff!

Even with my RAID 0 setup, I ran out of space with my Steam collection of games. I used Steam Mover to move most of them to a Velociraptor hard drive.
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I have the first generation of Vertex drives in RAID 0. The firmware I have has garbage collection instead of TRIM support. This works perfectly for me. I've literally had these drives running in the same configuration for well over a year now. OCZ's garbage collection works just fine, and the extra speed gained by RAID is always a plus.
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I used to have Raid 0, with Corsair F60, but sadly one of them just die, that was happen to my 2 computer since i have the same setup for both, i lost 2 SSD in the same month, i manage to return them, when i got the replacement, i was almost in the same of your situation.. Cant decide which to go (Raid0 or Sata)?

Many guys here, advice no to go with Raid0 since it have lots of problems and the main thing is it will start slow down while using..

That was many guys advice, and i follow it, by my self. I am happy with the current SSD speed, and yes Raid0 is faster 2 times than sata.. at least when i was using it..
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