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SSD VS SSD Cache VS HDD RAID Help [SOLVED]

post #1 of 13
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Hey guys I need some help deciding between a few choices a I have. I want to have the speeds of an SSD and I want to know the best choice for my situation. I also have only a Sata II board.

X1. RAID 2 Spinpoint F3 1TB drives (get 1 more but It is on Sata II)
X2. RAID 2 Spinpoint F3 1TB drives (get 1 more but I need a Sata III PCIe card for Sata III)
3. Get a Corsair Accelerator 60GB (or 45GB?) SSD Cache drive in SATA II w/ 1 Spinpoint F3 1TB
4. Get a Crucial Adrenaline 50GB SSD Cache Drive in SATA III w/ SPinpoint F3 1TB + a Sata III PCIe card ($$$)
5. Get a Force GT 90GB SSD (Or another SSD or 120GB) + a Sata III PCIe card ($$$)

Now I want to see the most noticeable performance but I want to know if it really is worth it to deal with an SSD and program installing for the speeds or just slapping in a SSD Cache Drive to do it for me. I know I lose the transfer speeds but I don't mind that I just want programs and booting to be instant. Prices add up as follows (ETA):

1. $75-$120
2. $100-$150
3. $75-$85
4.$125-$150
5.$120-$145 OR $150-$180

Fill me in on anything I need to know or ideas, I'm open to any of them! I've done quite a bit of research but can make up my mind.
Edited by topthis - 4/30/12 at 6:16pm
post #2 of 13
SATA 2 or 3, makes no difference on the effects that a SSD will give you.

Forget about RAID, forget about using SSD caching (i'm personally against it because a SSD on its own is much better overall), and just get a nice 64-128GB SSD for the OS and use the F3 for storage.

I'd recommend any of these drives if you can get them:
  • Crucial M4
  • Corsair Performance Pro
  • Intel 520/330
  • OCZ Vertex 4
  • Plextor M3/M3 Pro
  • Samsung 830
post #3 of 13
In my opinion, everyone should be running their OS off a SSD at a minimum.
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post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

SATA 2 or 3, makes no difference on the effects that a SSD will give you.
Forget about RAID, forget about using SSD caching (i'm personally against it because a SSD on its own is much better overall), and just get a nice 64-128GB SSD for the OS and use the F3 for storage.
I'd recommend any of these drives if you can get them:
  • Crucial M4
  • Corsair Performance Pro
  • Intel 520/330
  • OCZ Vertex 4
  • Plextor M3/M3 Pro
  • Samsung 830

Thanks for the reply and Sata II is capped at around 300 read and write. Sata III allows higher and the SSD's go above 300, Sata III is needed for that.
post #5 of 13
The random read is the most important aspect of ssds. So SATA II vs III wouldnt yield too big of a difference in performance unless you are transferring large files constantly.
post #6 of 13
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In my opinion, everyone should be running their OS off a SSD at a minimum.

maybe, but even 32gb ones still cost $60. not much room in small budgets an that. personnly, if you dont need the space i wouldnt raid, i would get an ssd. you dont need a sata 6.0 card, there already so fast on sata 3.0 it will blow you away. sata 2 ssds are so fast that in there instantaneous , so whats sata 6.0? more instantaneous ? no need for extra card
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Alright makes sense so I took out 1 and 2 so 3,4, and 5 are left. As for the Sata II vs Sata III there will be really no difference? If so what would it be (not faster speeds i mean specific lol)? In that case the Corsair Accelerator and Crucial Adrenaline are equal about (If the Crucial is on Sata III and the Accelerator is on Sata II)?
post #8 of 13
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maybe, but even 32gb ones still cost $60. not much room in small budgets an that. personnly, if you dont need the space i wouldnt raid, i would get an ssd. you dont need a sata 6.0 card, there already so fast on sata 3.0 it will blow you away. sata 2 ssds are so fast that in there instantaneous , so whats sata 6.0? more instantaneous ? no need for extra card

You need to shop for deals but it's not uncommon to see highend SATA3 SSD's for $1/gb. Obviously if your on a budget every dollar counts, but it's hard to find a $65 upgrade that gives as much performance boost as a SSD.
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http://www.hardware-revolution.com/best-ssd-best-hard-drive-april-2012/

My friend those $1/gb days are practically here! Looking at the Force GT 120GB for $140 after all but really thinking about the high iops and the SSD Cache Drives still to. I just need to know the performance gap but should I just go with a SSD on Sata II? Or get an SSD with Sata III? The Force GT has good 4k random read and write iops which I'm just looking for loading applications I could care less about transfer speeds, I just want loading times to be faster.
post #10 of 13
^then its an ssd you want^. Id be interested to see how well some of the caching things work, but if you can get a 120gb ssd, go for it
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