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Hi,


I'm building a new PC and was thinking of getting a couple of 74GB Raptors in RAID 0. After doing some research however, I came across this article
http://www.bestpricecomputers.co.uk/.../home-pc-raid/
and was wondering weather or not a RAID 0 array was actually worth it, is the difference in speed noticeable at all? Would it provide any benefit for me? I would use this PC for applications such as AutoCAD 2k6, Photoshop, Visual Studio 2k5 etc, mostly high end applications and of course some gaming. Would it be worth it to get a raid array?

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Here's a better article with benchmarks:
http://www.storagereview.com/php/tik...513a33598babcd

There will be some benefit but not too much. You do double your chance of failure as well. The decision is up to you. I would RAID0 if you have a back up process implemented.
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Yes it is Worth it IMO. You will notice a Difference in speed mate. Also depends on what Striping you use. Its worth it.

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i was planning on getting those 2 74s for the main programs themselves, then i would use a couple of 500 GB for storage. Is this a good idea?
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Its a very good idea

Having a storage disc that big means you can easily backup all the stuff from your RAID array, removing the risk of data loss.
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Yes, Raid 0 makes a differance when loading a program, when I play BF2 online I'm the first in the game, without raid 0 I'm not the first.
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From the experts mouths raid 0 does not do anything for gaming. It is all in the people's imaginations.
    
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post #8 of 14
RAID 0 will effectively double your bandwidth. This will be extremely noticeable in almost all application (especially startup, load times, and transfer times). Your seek time and random access time will not change. However, I still highly recommend a RAID0 setup, just don't do it with Raptors. Use a couple 7200RPM 16MB drives. These provide far better performance / price ratio.

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Originally Posted by ingeborgdot
From the experts mouths raid 0 does not do anything for gaming. It is all in the people's imaginations.
Although it does not directly affect game play, it does affect load time. This is a serious consideration for gamers.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ingeborgdot View Post
From the experts mouths raid 0 does not do anything for gaming. It is all in the people's imaginations.
USFORCES is correct. RAID0 DOES improve load times. Once the data is loaded into memory, it no longer does anything. However, if you do not have enough physical memory, RAID0 also does help because your system is using the paging file.
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I see a lot of conflicting views here...... Ok...question for you people.

RAID 0 + 1GB of Ram
RAID 0 + 2GB of Ram + 2GB Paging File

OR....

RAID 0 + 4GB of Ram + no paging file....

What's a good idea.....
    
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