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Right now Im running 4x300GB Velociraptors in Raid 0, works very well!

Im thinking about adding two more to the mix, my question is would it be worth the bother?

BTW - I cant use SSDs, my steam account alone is nearly a 900GB install, also have a number of 1.5s sitting around but load times are retarded better in on the raptors, not willing to give speed up
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really? read speeds too slow?
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No.

1) The ICH10R maxes out at around 650MB/s.
2) You are only improving sequential and IOPs.

A SSD will still make your system more responsive. What are you doing that would utilize sequential ~450MB/s read or ~300MB/s write?
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You can have a raid0 for steam and an SSD (or 2) for your OS and a few other apps. Non member drives get trim now in raid mode.
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post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
No.

1) The ICH10R maxes out at around 650MB/s.
2) You are only improving sequential and IOPs.

A SSD will still make your system more responsive. What are you doing that would utilize sequential ~450MB/s read or ~300MB/s write?
Originally I had 4x 1.5TB Seagates, load times between those and the Velociraptors in some games about be half a minute in differences

SSDs, id need a case that has space for 10/20 SSDs just to get the space requirements I need.

If its 650 then right now I push between 400/500 Average, so another pair might bring me closer to the 600MB line
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Quote:
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Originally I had 4x 1.5TB Seagates, load times between those and the Velociraptors in some games about be half a minute in differences

SSDs, id need a case that has space for 10/20 SSDs just to get the space requirements I need.

If its 650 then right now I push between 400/500 Average, so another pair might bring me closer to the 600MB line
What games? Game loads are a mix of sequential and random. The benefit of sequential reads might be bottlenecked by random performance at this point. This is probably the case since a 2GB game should only take 4-5s to load.

You have over 1TB of games?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TechAnalyst View Post
Originally I had 4x 1.5TB Seagates, load times between those and the Velociraptors in some games about be half a minute in differences

SSDs, id need a case that has space for 10/20 SSDs just to get the space requirements I need.

If its 650 then right now I push between 400/500 Average, so another pair might bring me closer to the 600MB line
You have one of the best spec'd pc's i have seen, how much space do you need and how much are you willing to spend?
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post #8 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
No.

1) The ICH10R maxes out at around 650MB/s.
2) You are only improving sequential and IOPs.

A SSD will still make your system more responsive. What are you doing that would utilize sequential ~450MB/s read or ~300MB/s write?
Why is it that all my drivers in device manager are ICH9R not ICH10R? Sorry to thread jack but I wanted to make sure DuckieHo answered this?
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What I would do is get an SSD or 2 (or 3) and RAID-0 them for your OS. That will make the overall system there much more responsive - and you can keep your other RAID-0 setup for your games. Add to it if you need more space as your game collection grows and as your drives start to get 5+ years old just to ensure that you protect that data.
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Why is it that all my drivers in device manager are ICH9R not ICH10R? Sorry to thread jack but I wanted to make sure DuckieHo answered this?
Simple... because your motherboard Southbridge is a ICH9R: http://www.asus.com/Product.aspx?P_ID=MyJtSWUgzptSqKFN

Don't worry though, there is no major performance difference.
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