I'm new to overclock.net and like what I've seen so far. I'm planning to build my first PC in a long time (last time was Athlon XP - yes I'm old) and I was looking for information about the Asus Rampage III Formula and found this thread. (Be proud you are high up in the Google rankings for this search.)
Anyway I'm saving up for the parts and have $1200 so far. My goals are to use SLI for the first time (waiting for the nVidia GTX 560 in January) and to use one or two SSD drives for the system and program files. And of course I plan on overclocking!!
I was debating between the Asus Sabertooth board and the Rampage III Formula. I was already leaning toward the Formula board, and based on all the comments and feedback here (thank you!) I'm convinced that the Formula board is the way to go.
My biggest question right now is whether it would be better to buy one large SSD drive (specifically thinking of either the Crucial C300 256GB model or the OCZ Vertex 2 240GB drive), or to get two 128GB drives and run them in raid 0. I realize that you loose trim support in that configuration, but really if I'm only using it for the OS and program files that information is mostly static anyway, so read is much more important than write and even without trim SSD's are much faster that traditional hard drives. ExtremeTech.com seems to recommend the RAID 0 setup and has benchmarks to prove it: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...2365868,00.asp
I also know that running a striped array increases the risk of data loss, but again, if it's all the OS and program files that's not too hard to replace.
Has anyone got experience using RAID 0 SSD's on this board or another X58 based MB? What about the Marvel SATA III controller? Does it support a RAID 0 configuration? (I'd love to get two 128GB C300's running in RAID 0 - 600MBps whoohoo!!)
Thanks again for all the great info. I'll be joining the Rampage III Formula club soon!