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So finally I decided to get an ssd drive for my computer, since I use several 3D CAD softwar (pro/ee, catia, solidworks, etc..). After a big research on the internet I found out that samsung and intel are the best known for reliability. and began to search for several samsung ssd and mainly fell in love with the 840, 840 PRO and the 840 EVO (didn't look for intel ssds). I am planning to get 2x120-128GB drives and make a RAID 0 configuration. What do you suggest? Thanks.
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You can't go wrong with Samsung thumb.gif
I also like to recommend Mushkin since their headquarters is located here in Colorado.
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The Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB would be my recommendation. The Pro are faster but you won't notice the difference and the cost increase isn't worth it.
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The 120GB Samsung standard 840 SSDs have poorer large file write speeds than the 840 Pro or EVO does. That will be mitigated somewhat by using RAID 0.

My question is, are the projects or individual designs that you create with your CAD software, stored as single very large files, a few large files, or many smaller files? A mix of large and small files in a folder, or many large files?

If the files are mainly large (half a MB and greater), and you save/write them regularly, you would be better off with an EVO or Pro model of 120/128GB capacity.

Frankly, getting a single 256GB EVO or Pro would likely be the best way to go. Reading your projects might be a little slower, depending on how they are stored, but since saving them is very important, fast and stable write performance should be your top priority.
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Do not RAID0 SSD's

Great for Benchmarks, Not so much in the Real World.

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Not only is the bigger drive cheaper than 2 combined little ones, it's less risky and just as fast.

Get a 250gb EVO if you're trying to save on cash. It's an amazing SSD for the price.
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250 GB EVO

RAID tends to complicate matters like firmware updates and proper TRIM function. You also increase the risk of data loss with a RAID 0 setup.
Also, 240-256 GB is the current 'sweet spot' for solid state drives. In other words, you usually get better value for you money (price/GB) when you buy a 256 GB SSD vs 128 GB SSD.
Finally, most 256 GB SSD have better write parallelism than 128 GB drives since they usually have twice the number of NAND flash modules for the controller to write to.
    
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The 120GB Samsung standard 840 SSDs have poorer large file write speeds than the 840 Pro or EVO does. That will be mitigated somewhat by using RAID 0.

That's true, but the vanilla 840 250GB has double the sequential write speed of the 840 120GB and costs less than 2x 840 120GB. Frankly, for me RAID-0 isn't worth considering until you get into the 256+GB class SSD's (that's usually when you start saturating SATA III). There's usually quite a bit of performance that can be squeezed from just using more NAND dies.
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