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intel RST: can it handle 4x 120gb SSD in RAID 0?

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hello everyone, i already got 2x 120gb in raid 0, so far so good but i'm running out of storage already because of the games. Can i add 2 more in the array without causing any problem to the onboard controller?
Edited by ghostrider85 - 3/7/12 at 8:34pm
post #2 of 7
You can, you will just need to recreate the array to make a larger one when you get more drives.
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I've been reading up on this myself, and while I'm not 100% sure, other posts I've read on this topic have suggested that you would need a dedicated hardware RAID controller in order to avoid diminishing returns on the >2 onboard RAID drive setups. This isn't a huge expense, but an additional expense nonetheless.

Also, my research involved 3+ RAID drives VS a PCI-e drive, otherwise I wouldn't have read about this at all. The conclusion I've gathered is that while it will work, your >2 drive RAID 0 setup will perform much better with a hardware controller card installed. But again, this is all from what I've read, as I only have experience with regular HDDs in RAID 0/5/1/etc. (but even those benefit from dedicated RAID controllers).
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I'm aware about the performance hit, if its not that much then i would not worry about it, ssds are fast anyways.

I decided to make 2x raid 0 array.
I bought 2x 60gb FORCE GT which will gonna be in the 1st raid 0 aray, will be plugged in sata 6gb/s port and will be used as system and application drive.

My 2x FORCE 3 120gb will gonna be in the 2nd raid 0 array, will be plugged in 3gb/s port, and will be used as storage for games.

My 512gb HDD will be used as media storage.

Is this a good idea? Any suggestion?
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Kinda sucks that you'll be limiting the second set to the 3GB/s ports, but like you said, SSDs are fast anyways, and it'll still be MUCH faster than HDDs.
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That is also my concern, i only have 2x 6gb/s port, but i think that the only thing that will suffer is the sequential speed, the others like random, 4k, will not be affected. or am i wrong?
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Are you backing up both raid0's? The latest gen of SSD's don't appear to have the best track record for reliability and your doubling that. I'm just wondering if you have any games that would actually benefit from the 600MB/s (ish) vs 300MB/s (ish) you'll get with single drives. I only have one game where I actually want a fast load, and that's to get back to the server first after a map change and have the pick of limited classes, even an Agility1 is normally fast enough for that though.
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