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RAID 0 Performance questions (Experienced users)

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Alright so i've bought x2 500gb WD Caviar blue drives (5000AAKX). And i've also found out that H61 doesn't support RAID, lol, but i got those drives so cheap it doesn't matter. Anyway i'm switching to a new motherboard etc anyway and i've searched internet about RAID 0 real world performance but the threads are so old and there really isn't much information. I've viewed some reviews dating back to 2004 and 2006, that show that there really is no big difference in boot time and game map loading time etc by using raid 0. So now i turn to you more experienced users and i ask if there really is big difference in real world performance? I understand that this topic maybe covered before but i can't find much information at google (Not about HDD-s at least, tons about SSD). Oh and my build here is wrong, it's subject to VERY constant change so i don't bother changing it all the time. The graphics card and HDD's are wrong, everything else seems to have not changed.
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Corsair XMS2 WD 1TB Green Samsung SATA Modified stock of 9550 with AC 92mm PWM 
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x3 AC 120mm PWM, stock 120mm led blue, zalman 1... Win 7 64bit Hyundai B70A Logitech Ultra Flat 
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RAID 0: You will get a write/read increase usually 40-50% faster compared to a single drive, your seek times most likely will remain the same unless, whatever it is you work with requires large HD I/O (Large data files and programs requiring access to the said data).

In other words: If you're working with a bunch of small files, you most likely will not notice a difference, large files however do benefit from RAID 0.

Usually I recommend going with a single WD VelociRaptor or an SSD for that matter. WD Blues and Blacks are not meant to be RAIDed as TLER is disabled on those drives, WD Reds and RE4s have that enabled. Usually non-TLER drives will be dropped from an array.

However remember w/ RAID 0 you have no protection whatsoever, if one drive fails everything will be lost, so do keep backups of anything important.
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64GB Intel 520 Intel 520 Western Digital VelociRaptor 
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Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.C Windows 7 Professional Arch Linux SeaSonic Platinum 1000W 
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CaseLabs MH10 Areca 1213-4i RAID Card Areca ARC-6120-3 BBU Areca 1223-8i RAID Card 
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Areca ARC-6120-3 BBU 
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Yeah i don't care about redundancy, i store critical files online anyway. Alright then, i'l just use raid 0 a bit for fun and then gonna sell one of the drives, thanks for input smile.gif
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AMD Phenom II X4 B50 Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 Asus GTX 560 TI Directcu 2 Kingston HyperX 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair XMS2 WD 1TB Green Samsung SATA Modified stock of 9550 with AC 92mm PWM 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
x3 AC 120mm PWM, stock 120mm led blue, zalman 1... Win 7 64bit Hyundai B70A Logitech Ultra Flat 
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AMD Phenom II X4 B50 Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 Asus GTX 560 TI Directcu 2 Kingston HyperX 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair XMS2 WD 1TB Green Samsung SATA Modified stock of 9550 with AC 92mm PWM 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
x3 AC 120mm PWM, stock 120mm led blue, zalman 1... Win 7 64bit Hyundai B70A Logitech Ultra Flat 
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Gigabyte Odin Pro 550W CM Elite 430 Razer Lachesis  Steelseries qck 
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