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Would there be any real world performance increase if I ran a SSD raid0 setup instead of just a single drive for my boot drive? I currently have the OS and programs such as Microsoft Office, Chrome, Foobar, etc running on it.
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In general usability you aren't going to notice a difference.
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Originally Posted by NewAtOCing View Post
Would there be any real world performance increase if I ran a SSD raid0 setup instead of just a single drive for my boot drive?
Generic question, generic answer......

Depends.

If you're going to buy quality drives that can double your read/write specs then "Yes" it will definately make a real world performance increase that you will notice unless you're blind.

Other than that, I have no idea how perceptive you are to say if you would notice anything else below a doubling of read/write specs.

How'd I do for an answer?
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I'm planning on getting either 1 or 2 Vertex2s or C300s. I'm just not sure if I would actually notice a difference considering I don't use my boot drive for anything other than running program. I don't copy large files to/from it very often.
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I'm planning on getting either 1 or 2 Vertex2s or C300s. I'm just not sure if I would actually notice a difference considering I don't use my boot drive for anything other than running program. I don't copy large files to/from it very often.
My exact setup. I actually tried either one as OS and the while the vertex 2 raid was slightly faster in boot (2-3 sec), unnoticeable when running programs.

Both the C300 and vertex 2 raid loaded programs instantly, with 1 second differences with CS5 programs. I now have the c300 as OS and the vertex 2 raid dedicated to games, and there's a major difference with texture loading heavy games (GTA IV), and overall load times (Metro) load instant with the raid.
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I don't copy large files to/from it very often.
The large file copy speeds (sequential read/write) are one of these least used aspects for a normal desktop user.

Unfortunately many still hold this value as the most important value of an SSD and are missing the true premier aspects of opening/closing small files and program response (4K, 4K-64Thrd) that make an SSD excell in a desktop experience.

You'd need to inspect the true values of the SSDs you were considering but I'd suggest you stay with what you've got.
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post #7 of 22
generally raid is faster than running 1 drive
on SSD's this is not the case
there is no trim support in raid currently so when you raid to ssd drives you loose your trim support so basically you run 1 drive faster than by itself
or run 2 in raid but at the same transfer rates you would with 1 drive

sorry, but thats real world I raided my ssd's and was very disappointed
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post #8 of 22
Its addictive first you stripe 2 then 3 then 4 then 5 then 6 ... and then you'll be wanting a new controller.

Don't worry about giving up trim for raided drives, with new SF controlled drives, it doesn't make much difference.

The downside is: it is hard to quantify the difference it makes. I never reboot my PC (unless windows update makes me) therefore boot time is irrelevant, maybe in a laptop...
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post #9 of 22
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Thanks for all the replies so far. I just did a CrystalDiskMark test to compare what I have now to a Vertex2 and 2 Vertex2s in raid. Something is very wrong....

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CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 x64 (C) 2007-2010 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
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* MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]

Sequential Read : 76.650 MB/s
Sequential Write : 10.434 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 79.634 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 9.889 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 27.565 MB/s [ 6729.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 2.195 MB/s [ 535.8 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 63.776 MB/s [ 15570.3 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.791 MB/s [ 437.2 IOPS]

Test : 500 MB [C: 69.1% (20.5/29.7 GB)] (x5)
Date : 2011/03/06 12:43:54
OS : Windows 7 Ultimate Edition SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)

What on Earth is wrong with those write speeds??
Edited by NewAtOCing - 3/6/11 at 9:49am
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post #10 of 22
Have you..

1.) Gotten the correct Windows drivers?
2.) Actually created a RAID0 disk by using ctrl+i ?
3.) If you didn't install in RAID mode maybe the drivers didn't get loaded?
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