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What if I buy 2 very small SATA SSDs (something like 64GB) and RAID0 them exclusively for the SO, and use a secondary very fast drive (aka M.2 950 PRO or even PCI-E Intel 750) for games and other data? Will that give me instant boot times and ultra fast speed for any other stuff while keeping things safe?

If the RAID0 fails, I can simply install Windows again, all my data will be safe. But will this bottleneck the other drivers?
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Small SSDs tend to perform worse than mid to high capacity drives of the same kind because fewer of the controller's channels are used.

That said, even larger SSDs in RAID 0 won't really improve boot times much...diminishing returns have already been reached with most any single decent SSD and the bottleneck is almost certainly not the drive at this point.

It's quite possible, even likely, for the RAID ROM to take up more boot time (a few seconds) than would be saved by RAID 0 (almost none).
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What should I do then? Is there an option? frown.gif
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What should I do then? Is there an option? frown.gif

get one big 950/750 and put OS and games on it.

get two cheap HDD and put them in Raid 1 and have periodic backups of important ssd data
     
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get one big 950/750 and put OS and games on it.

From what I've been reading for months here Nvme drives are known for having a slow boot time. That's why I'm asking this. If there's an option for faster boots, I'll be glad to know and look forward to have it!
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From what I've been reading for months here Nvme drives are known for having a slow boot time. That's why I'm asking this. If there's an option for faster boots, I'll be glad to know and look forward to have it!

fast boot? may I ask why you are so interested in giving up real world performance for something as mundane as faster boot times?

fast boot
Boot - 250gb Samsung 850 EVO
Games - what ever suits your fancy.

like the other guy said, drives have very little to do with boot times now adays not only because the mobo/other are cause for 90% of the boot time but also that most people dont care if their system takes 9 seconds to boot fully instead of 5 seconds, its like winning a race that no one is watching or cares about.
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fast boot? may I ask why you are so interested in giving up real world performance for something as mundane as faster boot times?

fast boot
Boot - 250gb Samsung 850 EVO
Games - what ever suits your fancy.

like the other guy said, drives have very little to do with boot times now adays because most people dont care if their system takes 9 seconds to boot fully instead of 5 seconds, its like winning a race that no one is watching or cares about.

All I can say is that It's hard to be a niche guy nowadays hahah

I'm not giving up real world performance, because I'll be using one of the mentioned drives for everything else (Assuming the RAID0 won't bottleneck the other drives)
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RAID 0 is not recommended- too many things that can go wrong down the line.
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RAID 0 is not recommended- too many things that can go wrong down the line.

Do you have any suggestions?
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Have an evo 850 in both my gaming desktop and my work computer (a beebox n3150). With Windows 10 both boot within seconds. The time from power on through BIOS splash (motherboard/BIOS centric) is longer then time from Windows load to desktop (drive load time/OS centric) by a great amount. As others have said when your talking less than 10 second boot time, how much more can you really squeeze out. Your better off getting the fastest, highest capacity, best quality SSD you can for boot and programs that benefit from the speed (like photoshop, visual studio, etc). the rest put on another drive with higher capacity and respectable speed.

For most games drive speed past a certain point will really only decrease your load times. Some games that may be nice, others it just means you have to wait for everyone else to load any way. Its not like your gonna get higher fps on a ssd than an hdd, or on raid ssd/m.2 ssd vs sata ssd.
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