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RAID 0 with a slower drive, or just stick with one faster drive?

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I acquired another 80Gb drive. I plan to set them up in a raid configuration through the BIOS and put my steam games on it for faster performance, Space is not an issue the games only use about 60Gb. Both the drives are the same size but one is Sata I and the other SATA II, however HD tune reports that the SATA I drive has about 15MB/s faster read and write performance (65MB/s) compared to the SATA II drive (52MB/s).

So the question is go with a RAID 0 with the slower drive, or just use the faster of the 2 for my steam games?
post #2 of 17
RAID 0 is data stripping, it will drag the faster drive to match the slowest one, and not even sure if SATA I will work with SATA II in that configuration.

Could give it a try though, it would be interesting to know the answer.
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post #3 of 17
Ignore the SATA type... it means nothing.

What drive models and performance numbers? You will most likely gain a bit of sequential but random performance and reliability will go down.
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post #4 of 17
Those numbers are close enough that he could try it.

Or he could buy a $50 F3 1TB and triple the performance.
     
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post #5 of 17
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Nah, I'd just pick up an SSD. Like a OCZ Vetex 2 The prices have really come down to about $2/Gb which would be perfect for a small SSD for games and the OS. If anything a 1Tb hdd would be for my movies, music, and photos ect.
Edited by aweir - 8/22/11 at 11:59am
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Originally Posted by Kramy View Post
Those numbers are close enough that he could try it.

Or he could buy a $50 F3 1TB and triple the performance.
Is go this route...

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Originally Posted by aweir View Post
Nah, I'd just pick up an SSD. Like a OCZ Vetex 2 The prices have really come down to about $2/Gb which would be perfect for a small SSD for games and the OS. If anything a 1Tb hdd would be for my movies, music, and photos ect.
I just upgraded from that board and cpu a week ago, in fact they are on ebay, lol.

Anyways - the Abit board is a great motherboard, however it always had issues with me in RAID. I'm guessing it's due to having a super outdated Matrix Storage ROM and trying to use the new Intel Rapid Storage software in Windows.

The F3 is a great drive - in fact I bought 2 F3R (RAID edition) drives for RAID 1 in my sig rig. They are smoking fast, but can be very loud. Just like their WD RE competition counterparts.
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Good thing you mentioned that you had the same board. I wish I had never gotten it. The amount of money I paid for it, and then they went broke. Why is there there so many RAID drivers available for it? It is not Intel, it is Jmicron. So why would I need the Intel storage driver?

Which one do I need??

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
INTEL Application Accelerator RAID Driver
Intel® Matrix Storage Manager
Intel RAID/AHCI Installation Disk
JMicron RAID/AHCI Installation Disk
post #9 of 17
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Good thing you mentioned that you had the same board. I wish I had never gotten it. The amount of money I paid for it, and then they went broke. Why is there there so many RAID drivers available for it? It is not Intel, it is Jmicron. So why would I need the Intel storage driver?

Which one do I need??

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
INTEL Application Accelerator RAID Driver
Intel® Matrix Storage Manager
Intel RAID/AHCI Installation Disk
JMicron RAID/AHCI Installation Disk
First, don't hate that motherboard - it is regarded as one of the best P35 boards ever made and is held is extremely high esteem!! It's just old is all.

Anyways, Intel Rapid Storage is just a re-name of Intel Matrix Storage - they are the same thing. Intel just renamed it to make life easier for folks - or at least that's what they say.

Actually Intel Application Accelerator was the first incarnation of Intel's firmware RAID, then it was called Matrix Storage , and now Intel Rapid Storage.

The Intel RAID/AHCI disk is only needed if your using Windows XP as Vista and 7 both have the needed RAID drivers already built into the OS. So disregard that unless you are using Windows XP.

The JMicron disk is only needed if you plan on RAIDing 2 E-Sata drives in RAID 1 or 0. Very very very few people will ever do this, but it is a nice option for those who might.

What you should install for that board is the Matrix Storage manager from the Abit site. I was able to use the newer Rapid Storage manager, but only for AHCI - in RAID it gave issues.

Also make sure to install the lastest JMicron E-Sata drivers as well unless you have the JMicron disabled in the BIOS.

The driver can be found here:

ftp://driver.jmicron.com.tw/

Use the one with "esata" on the end of it as this enables hotplugging of esata drives.
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Also if you have questions overclocking that board and processor pm me, after nearly 4 years of using that board I can see the BIOS in my head when I close my eyes, lol.

I however am a complete idiot when it comes to Sandy Bridge overclocking.... Can't start that til I get my new powersupply as my ABS Tagan in my sig rig is starting to wig out on me.
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