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    #1 ($446) RAID0 128GB SSD + RAID0 1TB HDD
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    #2 ($406) RAID0 128GB SSD + 2TB HDD
  • 66% (2)
    #3 ($402) 256GB SSD + RAID0 1TB HDD
  • 33% (1)
    #4 ($362) 256GB SDD + 2TB HDD
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post #1 of 7
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Hello guys,

I was planning on going RAID 0 for both my SSD's and HDD's for my next system. However I'm left a bit confused after reading a RAID review on Tomshardware, which absolutely destroys RAID 0 SSD setups. Shall I drop RAID 0 or just use RAID0 for my HDD's to keep up with the SSD or just ignore Tomshardware review all together and go for a bigger epeen?

I will be using the computer mainly for gaming/browsing/photo editing/data storage. For the SSD('s) I will go for Samsung 840 pro's and for the HDD('s) Seagate Barracuda's 7200.14.

Which setup would deliver the best bang for the buck performance wise? Please note that I make back-ups very often so the higher failure rate argument doesn't really matter to me.

I can't see the forest through the trees anymore so any expertise/advice is very welcome! thumb.gif
Edited by Primithras - 7/18/13 at 9:50am
post #2 of 7
Raid your boot drive for faster boot and program install. Storage drive doesn't need to be raided, so #2.
 
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post #3 of 7
Raiding SSD drives don't have much improvement over regular SSD's especially for an OS drive because it takes time for the RAID configuration to load.
In fact, 256GB drives are often much faster than 128GB drives, so a single 256GB drive would perform better.

Option 3 if your data is critical, and option 4 if they're not. Just remember that RAID 1 isn't a backup solution. thumb.gif
post #4 of 7
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Thanks! Just googled some more, apperantly the only noticable benefit that I would get are faster sequential read/write speeds. I do quite a lot of data moving and unrarring and sorts, however in my eyes the extra 50-100mb/s is not worth the $50/100.

Guess I will be going for #4! Shame though, it all sounded good on paper. biggrin.gif
post #5 of 7
I'd do #3.
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Thanks! Just googled some more, apperantly the only noticable benefit that I would get are faster sequential read/write speeds. I do quite a lot of data moving and unrarring and sorts, however in my eyes the extra 50-100mb/s is not worth the $50/100.

My zip/rar-ing and unzip/unrar-ing are done on the SSD. HDD is just way too slow to keep up. Then again, I tend to deal with tens of thousands of 10KB-1MB files. rolleyes.gif
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post #7 of 7
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Same here, however my download folder is located on my HDD & NAS, hence the data transfers. Might be an option to go for option #3, HDD's aren't that expensive after all.

EDIT: Since I do a lot of file transfers between my desktop, HDD & NAS, it just hit me that my NAS is already limited by my 1Gbits network connection and thus the weakest link. Adding another HDD in RAID 0 won't fix that link so more or less useless I suppose, option #4 it is!
Edited by Primithras - 7/19/13 at 2:33pm
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