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Ok so a bunch of people say RAID 0 for gaming, and then a couple at the very end say the EXACT opposite.

Is it possible to come to a consensus here? It seems everybody disagrees with eachother..
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Ok so a bunch of people say RAID 0 for gaming, and then a couple at the very end say the EXACT opposite.

Is it possible to come to a consensus here? It seems everybody disagrees with eachother..
Simple.... RAID0 will decrease your load times. If you have enough main memory, no RAID set up will ever boost your FPS. Simply because games do not run from HD but from memory, once you have enough... about 1.5GB or more. Having RAID0 will make maps or levels load faster. If you do not have enough memory, RAID0 will slightly improve lag caused by your system using the paging file. However, it won't reduce it much. RAM is hundreds times faster than a HD. With 2 HDs in RAID0, you get at theortically 2x the I/O. This is still hundreds of times slower than RAM. Again, RAID0 is for HD performance and RAID1 is for redundency. RAID 10, 0+1, or 5 for performance with redundency.
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They will have the same performance. The only difference is in storage. Raid 1 will have the storage of only one drive, and raid 0 will have the performance of both. However with raid 0, if either drives fails, you loose all the data. And with raid 1, if either drives fails, you still have all your data.
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Thanks for the reply. I play a lot of EQ2, and being faster at zoning than the next person can be the difference between life and death, so it helps a great deal, at least in that game.
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RAID 0+1 is the way to go. Speed and redundancy. if your mobo supports it, I'd do RAID 5.
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Simple.... RAID0 will decrease your load times. If you have enough main memory, no RAID set up will ever boost your FPS. Simply because games do not run from HD but from memory, once you have enough... about 1.5GB or more. Having RAID0 will make maps or levels load faster. If you do not have enough memory, RAID0 will slightly improve lag caused by your system using the paging file. However, it won't reduce it much. RAM is hundreds times faster than a HD. With 2 HDs in RAID0, you get at theortically 2x the I/O. This is still hundreds of times slower than RAM. Again, RAID0 is for HD performance and RAID1 is for redundency. RAID 10, 0+1, or 5 for performance with redundency.
This is something I haven't considered. I can see that in this situation, the write speed is important. One important thing to notice though is that your swap partition must be on that raid.

According towindows paging guide:

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If you have problems with hangs using no page file or have less than 1gb of ram you can still get a boost to system performance. Move the pagefile to a separate hard drive... preferrably a separate controller as well. This will allow your system to access the pagefile even when it's trying to read system files. Normally it has to jump back and forth from the page file area to the system file area when doing things... this can slow a computer down drastically. putting it on a separate drive on a separate controller gives your system a sort of RAID-like performance boost without the need of actual RAID. The majority of performance you get out of a dual drive configuration in RAID Striping is lost anyways if you have the page file within the array. get it out.. isolate it... and get some access time back. (not to mention that by default pagefiles constantly get shifted around and re-arranged on the disk. If you ever need to recover lost data it may be impossible if the page file has moved over that portion of the disk.)
So which is it? Do you want the paging file on the array or not? Is it better to have the OS on the array and the pagefile off? or the OS off the array and the pagefile on?
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