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SSD Caching with RAID0 WD Blacks?

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I just bought an Asus Z68 V-Pro and have been reading about the SSD caching feature that it has.

I currently have a 64GB Crucial M4 as my main boot drive. I have ~20GB of space remaining and the only game I have installed is BFBC2. I probably won't have enough space for BF3, or any other games. My only other option is to use that Steam Mover program I have read about in this forum.

With my new board though, I can try and take advantage of the SSD caching feature. Now for my question... I have two 640GB WD Blacks in RAID0, would it be ok (or a good idea) to install my OS on the RAID0 array and then use my M4 for SSD caching?

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Why not just install the games on the raid 0 drives and be done? Faster hard drives only decrease load times they don't improve FPS. I think a raid 0 would still give you great performance.

I would put the OS on the SSD and my games on the Raid 0.
    
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The M4 would be an excellent choice for an caching SSD, as it has fast writes, and has excellent endurance.
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I have an OCZ Vertex 3 caching a RAID 10 array and it flies...
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