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I'd pull down that Raid0 and run an OS HDD and a Games HDD!

The way I see it!
HDDs these days have good sequencial speeds! And so IMO Raid0 is getting a bit old

But HDDs need better access times!
So Short Stroking, and/or good partitioning and all of the what he said above are great

But IMO the best way is dedcated drives!

Me I have my OS on a 40GB Intel.
Steam on an 80GB Intel.
Other games on another 80GB Intel.
And all my other games and some Steam games on Short Stroked HDD!
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it is all about access times, i really need an ssd....was thinking this one:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/247001

just wish it was bigger!!

if....i put windows/drivers on one drive, and put games on a totally seperate drive would that give any benefit?
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Quote:
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it is all about access times, i really need an ssd....was thinking this one:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/247001

just wish it was bigger!!
Is there a reason why you need bigger than a 128GB SSD drive?
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I have my raid with a 100gb partition for OS. With the total array my access time is 14.4ms on the 100gb partition it drops to 8.99ms so it's definatly worth it.
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but....in the benchmark its grabbing data from ALL ACROSS the drive if you use the whole array so hence why you have higher access time but really you wouldn;t have any data on a lot of those area's its benchmarking, in reality though all your data should be at the fast end anyway on the outer platters, so in real world performance your hdd shouldnt be taking any data from anything except the first part of the drive. As long as all your data is already on the outer platters, there wont actually be a performance increase, its an illusion....
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Is there a reason why you need bigger than a 128GB SSD drive?
bigger is better? lol i dunno i wish they did a 200gb drive.... for £150, any chance prices are going to drop in the near future?
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Well here you go. 256GB SSD from Corsair. 700$ USD. Pay to play. And SSD's are just meant for OS's. Not for much else.
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if only i had 700$!! id want it for games really, remove loading stutter etc etc
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it is all about access times, i really need an ssd....was thinking this one:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/247001

just wish it was bigger!!

if....i put windows/drivers on one drive, and put games on a totally seperate drive would that give any benefit?
Yes it would
As you would be running the game off of a drive that is doing nothing else apart from running that game! Plus the OS drive would then be less busy with just the OS/drivers

Bud, If I plan to do some Fraps recording. I even put in another HDD and record to that!

IMO you can't beat dedecated drives
And a bit of Smart Partitioning!

Hell, I'm so mad for disk management I bought a case with "Hot Swap HDD bays"

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i am so very tempted to do it, wish someone had some review or comparison etc, im trying to eliminate load stutter you get in certain games, ie new vegas etc, i know an ssd would totally eliminate it but id like a bigger one than 128 and i cant afford it at the sec, a lot of load stutter is related to random access time, it'd be interesting to see a comparison of 2 drives raid 0 access time, vs 2 dedicated drives one for os one for games
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