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I am mainly interested in reliability and stability, with a little emphasis on performance, but i will be running 2 of the same SSDs in raid 0 as my boot disk/applications raid drive while storing music, movies, and personal files on a separate HDD raid array. What would you guys suggest?

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Cant go wrong with the C300
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I would suggest not running SSDs in RAID due to a loss of TRIM, that causes performance to degrade. Get one bigger SSD instead. Both Crucial C300 and m4 are solid choices, with m4 being newer with higher sequential speeds. But I would still get C300 for awesome random read speed!
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XSCounter: TRIM is pretty much useless on Crucial Drives because GC is extremely good. The Micron drives are probably the best drives to RAID. By RAIDing 2 128GB drives Vs 1 256GB drive you get double the read speed and about the same read speed and it is cheaper.
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XSCounter: TRIM is pretty much useless on Crucial Drives because GC is extremely good. The Micron drives are probably the best drives to RAID. By RAIDing 2 128GB drives Vs 1 256GB drive you get double the read speed and about the same read speed and it is cheaper.
so you suggest raiding two 128gb m4s?
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yup or 2 c300. Depending on whether you prefer high sequential speed (M4) or higher random reads (C300).
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yup or 2 c300. Depending on whether you prefer high sequential speed (M4) or higher random reads (C300).
which one would be better in overall performance though? whats the difference between sequential speed and random reads, i guess what im also asking is which one would be better for gaming?
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you likely won't notice the difference between 1 or 2 of either drive while gaming (or anywhere outside of a benchmark).
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What is GC?
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GC= Garbage Collection. It is a function of the controller firmware which resets the memory cells while the drive is idle. TRIM does the same think but it is triggered by the OS when a delete operation is executed. GC is OS independent.
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