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little confused about strip size

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ive read loads of things, and a lot seem to contradict each other, my pc is used exclusively for gaming, what strip size, a lot of people say a smaller strip is better? ie 64 or 32 instead of 128, i have read the hard drive section of this:

http://www.tweakguides.com/TGTC.html

the windows 7 one and it says on page 85

"if you use the drive primarily for gaming i suggest a smaller strip size such as 16kb, as this can assist in stuttering in games"

i do get a few stutters in some games, so whatever minimizes those are what id want, is there any disadvantage to setting strip size low such as 16?
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post #2 of 9
Set aside a few bucks and get yourself an SSD. If you are thinking strip size will solve gaming issues such as stutters, it rarely does. If you really want to increase your disk performance for gaming, then get an SSD. The maximum transfer rates of most platter drives are a small fraction of the speeds new SSDs are capable of. This would be why you really wont solve issues with drive speed stutters if you are using a platter drive. Most drives should handle games just fine without these issues, but if you are having them, your best best is to upgrade to a better drive.
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not really what i asked. plus the drive i ahve had good transfer, 2 of them in raid according to others benchmarks are about equal to an ssd in transfer rate, aprox 200-250mb/s. so anyone else want to give me a hand without recommending i get an ssd?
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Is the drive you are using the one in your sig rig? If so I would recommend using a 128K or 64K depending on what kind of performance you see with 128. For most users and gaming with a drive that size, you will see better performance with IOPS using a 128k strip size for your drive. Do you have the drive in RAID now, or just a single drive as this would also make a difference? I noticed in my Samsung array with three 500GB drives, that I had the best performance with a 128k strip size.
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If you look at some of the speeds you get with different strip sizes during some testing I did you will see for two HDD's in RAID 0 128KB is best and their are different cluster sizes that were tested too.
http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...l#post11751977
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Sorry to clarify I have one at the min getting the second on fri. To confirm they will both be samsung f3 1tb. So 128 will be best for gaming? Thanks for the help so far!
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The stripe size used on a RAID array is a factor of the nature of the data stored on the array and how many drives are in the array, as well as the shape of the array itself.

For example, if you have a 2-drive RAID 0 and a 32KB stripe, and you store a 16KB file, only one drive will be involved. However, if you store a 64KB stripe, both drives will be involved.

For a drive holding your OS, 32KB and 64KB stripes tend to yield the best performance, due to the size of the files involved. For drives holding bulk data (ISOs, AVIs and big game files), the bigger stripe sizes are preferred - 128KB and 256KB. Bigger stripes = fewer requests for data, which in this case would be preferable.

So the first question is, are your games on your OS drive?
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Yes games and os will be both on the raid 0, i'm only really interested in getting the best gaming performance
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In that case go for 128K, it'll probably be the best compromise.
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