Originally Posted by Dankebudz
You do realize no RAID controllers support TRIM. You'll have to format each drive and set it up individually to achieve a TRIM command to maintain the drives. Garbage Collection only works so well and the drives don't have an internal hardware TRIM. Sounds like a fast idea but in a few months you see a sharp drop in performance.
The way that he says he will be using it (basically constant flow at full speeds) this is actually a very big issue. However, the sharp drop in performance would be if the drives became full. A secondary idea to TRIM is actually CCleaner. You can wipe empty space, which on these drives should be fairly quick. It would give you back the extra performance in the case of large scale misc deleted data causing slowdowns.
Another idea would be to slightly short stroke each drive (2gb each at the absolute most). This allows the drives to be virtually full but still reading and writing at good speeds, because any overflow in the read and writes is written into the unallocated space. What causes a major slowdown on full drives is that they have to read and the copy the data before writing the data to its final location. If there isn't a temporary place to write it then bam slowdown. This is why Intel drives appear smaller than you would expect (74gb instead of closer to 80gb). They manufacter in extra space that acts as a temporary cache.