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Same price...2 240GB or 1 480GB SSD? RAID?

Poll Results: Value: One 480 GB SSD vs. Two 240 GB SSDs...

 
  • 83% (5)
    480GB
  • 16% (1)
    Two 240GB
  • 0% (0)
    Two 240GB in RAID 0
  • 0% (0)
    Two 240GB in RAID 1
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post #1 of 3
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Hey guys,

As the title suggests it's a simple question: Is it better to get 2 240 GB SSDs or 1 480 GB? I was thinking of RAID 0 -ing the two but I heard that this decreases performance unless done through a dedicated RAID card (which I have no space for mad.gif ).

My HDD recently died so I'm looking for a replacement. It made me wonder about the value of RAID 1...would that be a good fit for the two SSDs?

Thanks smile.gif

Edit: Lol I forgot...here's the link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233516

I already have the 120GB version for my OS and a few games and I love it
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post #2 of 3
Raiding will increase you're read/write performance, but I think it effects the random read/write.
I'd just got with the 480, which will probably be a little cheaper too.
post #3 of 3
I'd go with the single drive for convenience and reliability. You lose performance, but it isn't really needed. The performance gains are there in RAID 0, but SSDs are there for random speeds and access times which RAID does not help. Your motherboard may or may not support TRIM in RAID which can lead to performance losses (but still better than a single drive). I know Intel supports it but I'm unsure of AMD. Now, for a single drive, you do gain significant data protection since you have half the opportunities for failure. Once it's outdated, you can just slap it in an old laptop and go have fun. SSDs are extremely durable compared to HDDs though, so RAID 1 is entirely unnecessary and NAND is expensive enough for me to call you crazy for doing so.

EDIT: Corsair Neutrons are nice drives, and I need to start reading posts in their entirety, but most 240+GB drives start to get bottlenecked by SATA III and higher quality/performance drives don't actually do much. Crucial M500s and Samsung 840 EVOs tend to be best bang for your buck. Your call, and the Neutrons are great drives, but it's something to think about.
Edited by CynicalUnicorn - 11/22/13 at 3:00pm
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