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Ok, so I am thinking I will upgrade my SSD's to one of the following:

2 x 64Gb Crucial C300 in RAID 0

1 x 128Gb Crucial C300

1 x 128Gb Plextor PX-M2 Series

I know the two 64Gb in a RAID 0 will give me the best reads, but the writes will be less than the other two. The Plextor has the new C400 controller which is faster, but it looks like the IOPS are low compared to the Crucial C300 an I am not sure that makes a difference or not. The drive will be used as my OS drive and will be on the P67 Intel SATA3 connections. Cost wise, the two 64Gb seem to be a better buy. Also, I am not interested in the Sandforce drives, they seem to have too many issues, plus I want to use the SATA3 ports due too the issues that might arise from the SATA2 ports on the P67 until I get my board replaced.

Any thoughts or advice would be great.
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Will you be writing to these alot..??

I would do the RAID0.
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Ok, so I am thinking I will upgrade my SSD's to one of the following:

2 x 64Gb Crucial C300 in RAID 0

1 x 128Gb Crucial C300

1 x 128Gb Plextor PX-M2 Series

I know the two 64Gb in a RAID 0 will give me the best reads, but the writes will be less than the other two. The Plextor has the new C400 controller which is faster, but it looks like the IOPS are low compared to the Crucial C300 an I am not sure that makes a difference or not. The drive will be used as my OS drive and will be on the P67 Intel SATA3 connections. Cost wise, the two 64Gb seem to be a better buy. Also, I am not interested in the Sandforce drives, they seem to have too many issues, plus I want to use the SATA3 ports due too the issues that might arise from the SATA2 ports on the P67 until I get my board replaced.

Any thoughts or advice would be great.

I've got 2X 64GB running in RAID0 but its on Intel's SATA2 controller as my board has a Marvell 9128 for the SATA3G controller. Intel's new SATA3 controller will only get better with time, so if you don't mind the lower write speeds, I might go with the 2 in RAID0. SSD RAID support is still not optimized however as you lose out on TRIM in RAID with SSD's forcing them to rely on BCG. However, that being said, I've not noticed any degradation in performance on mine once configured properly. The BCG seems to stay ahead of the read/writes.
    
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I would stick with the c300 128gb, you get trim, it's not like you have a dedicated raid card and it's less hassle imo. Plus you can always add a second one later and then raid them if you really need more speed.
     
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Probably won't write a lot after the initial install. I was leaning towards the RAID0 since this is how I have my current SSD's setup. TRIM doesn't seem as important as it use to, but I want to make sure I am not missing something before pulling the trigger. MC has the 64Gb ones for $109 plus tax, so it's the cheapest option compared to Newegg. On the flip side I like the idea of just one drive to deal with. Decisions, decisions. Thanks for the quick response guys, believe it or not it has helped.

Edit: What do IOPS at 4k provide?
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