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Contemplating on going with a SSD with my next big upgrade purchase.

Tell me what you think of my RAID0 7200.10 Seagate Barracudas.

    
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Oh god....I just installed the Intel Matrix Storage Console and then enabled Volume write-back cache .....


And this is just with 2 drives! I am seriously thinking of when I redo my system to just forget the SSD and setup a 3x7200.10 RAID0.
    
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They don't look particularly fast a Samsung F3 can touch that speed by itself.

I had 3x 250GB 7200.10 in RADI0 a few years ago and they were good, but they were far from "feeling" as fast as an SSD. After getting the X25M I couldn't find excuses to keep the .10 array, the responsiveness of the Intel drive made the lower sequential writes unimportant.

*EDIT: That's more like it; of course the burst is only the speed of you RAM cache, but still impressive.
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They don't look particularly fast a Samsung F3 can touch that speed by itself.

I had 3x 250GB 7200.10 in RADI0 a few years ago and they were good, but they were far from "feeling" as fast as an SSD. After getting the X25M I couldn't find excuses to keep the .10 array, the responsiveness of the Intel drive made the lower sequential writes unimportant.

*EDIT: That's more like it; of course the burst is only the speed of you RAM cache, but still impressive.
My goal is to get my Avg speed over 200mb.
    
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I'd have to agree man. A single F3 1TB will beat those two slower drives in a RAID0. It's nice, but yeah.

Here's what I've heard, from a guy that has a SSD now, that came from a single F3, and F3 RAID-0.

Single F3 -> F3 RAID 0 (big boost)
F3 RAID0 -> 60GB SSD (just as much of a boost)

So you would essentially be going from the low end (single F3 speed) up to the high end of SSD.

I'd say grab the SSD, and keep your RAID0 for game installations and whatnot. If you can spare the extra cash...grab a pair of F3's while they're hot, and use those for a RAID 0 instead, for even better performance (but still having the SSD for OS and apps).

But if you're asking to RAID0 those slow 7200.10's, or an SSD...the SSD is going to be a night and day difference, hands down.
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You should look into pci e ssds they have around a 500mb read and write per sec. Give them a look on new egg. May be the new thing before long. Im considering trying it. They utilize 1gigabyte per second bandwidth instead of 3gigabits bandwidth like Sata.
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Those are sequential speeds. What's really important is random speeds. NCQ can only do so much to improve those on mechanical hard drives.
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Those are sequential speeds. What's really important is random speeds. NCQ can only do so much to improve those on mechanical hard drives.
This.

The 'responsiveness' of the system is due less to the sustained transfer speed than it is due to the random access (~zero for ssd) times.
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What really turns me off from an SSD is the amount of capacity. Could I in turn get 2 and run them in RAID0 and get better performance than a SSD?
    
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What really turns me off from an SSD is the amount of capacity. Could I in turn get 2 and run them in RAID0 and get better performance than a SSD?
yes gettign two ssd in raid o scales very well and in turn you could double your transfer speeds
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