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Hello!
I'm building a new computer with a 4770K and Asus Hero motherboard. I've always liked the management of using the software raids but have never used RAID 10. Would you recommend using software or hardware? Jut looking for some input! Why've why not? Thanks!
post #2 of 5
Why do you need RAID10 in the first place?

If you want performance with redundancy, go with SSDs in RAID1.

If this is for mass media, RAID5 is more cost efficient and yields better read performance.
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I already have two SDD for my boot. One for the OS and one for programs. I don't see the point in adding these to RAID0.

I've recently upgraded from 3 Samsung drives to 4x 4TB Seagate drives and the research I keep coming across is that RAID10 has slightly better performance. Would you disagree? Obviously this is for mass storage with higher write speeds and redundancy.
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I already have two SDD for my boot. One for the OS and one for others.

I've recently upgraded from 3 Samsung drives to 4x 4TB Seagate drives and the research I keep coming across is that RAID10 has slightly better performance. Would you disagree? Obviously this is for mass storage with higher write speeds and redundancy.

RAID10 read and write performance is close to the n/2 in RAID0. However, it costs n/2 space. It can survive 1 disk failure... and sometimes 2.
RAID5 read performance is between n-1 and n/2 in RAID0. It's write performance can be pretty low due to parity calculations. With a host-based implementation, it can be slower than a single HDD. However, it costs n-1 space. It can survive 1 disk failure.

For mass media, you generally are writing once but reading many. Total space is generally most important, then comes read performance, and write performance is a distant third.
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I see. Good info, thanks! So would you recommend using Windows raid or the hardware raid on the motherboard Or would there even be a significant difference?
Edited by tmsmith - 7/2/13 at 8:07am
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