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My SSD Upgrade (1 2TB Drive to 2 2TB Drives in a Windows Stripe)

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So I kept running low on my NVME SSD I use for games and other large files. I decided I wanted to upgrade from 2TB to 4TB and after looking at drives I decided I may as well upgrade to PCI-E 4 from my PCI-E 3 drives while I was at it. The price premium to go to 1 4TB NVME SSD was a little high for my taste so I started to look into getting 2 new 2TB drives and putting them in a Windows Disk Manager Stripe. From what I have researched a Windows based stripe is the way to go, as long as you don't need to boot off it, or access from another OS, and I am also on X570 and AMD raid doesn't support TRIM at all. I wasn't positive that a Windows Disk Manager Stripe supports TRIM either, but after testing it with TRIMcheck it appears that it does.

My original 2TB NVME SSD was a Mushkin Pilot 2TB PCI-E 3.0 drive. I did make sure to clear some space on this drive and run TRIM on it before doing this test.

I then replaced that in my system with 2 Solidigm P41 Plus 2TB drives and first tested just one as a comparison. These 2 drives were operating from 1 NVME slot on my motherboard, and one PCI-E NVME slot adapter, both of which were connected to the chipset. I made sure to save the slot that the motherboard manual reports as connected directly to the CPU for my OS SSD.

I then put those 2 drives in a Windows Disk Manager Stripe with a 4k sector size.

I was quite impressed with the performance upgrade from striping these drives together. I wasn't sure what to expect as I read a lot of people say its not worth striping NVME SSDs, but it does appear to be worth it from a cost to performance prespective if you want to use 2 cheap 2TB drives vs 1 4TB drive.

I just thought I would post this up in case anyone was curious about the prospect of striping 2 NVME SSDs. I am now waiting on my new video card to show up to re-install my OS and put in my new Solidigm P44 Pro 1TB SSD for my OS.
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The sequential speeds are pretty nice. Maybe why people mention there is no real point is that the 4kQD1 is not much different. Since that's where most of the work is done, it sort of comes out in the wash in that regard.
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@8800GT, agreed. Useful for when fast storage is needed, but not so useful for OS.
Yeah, sequential only really matters when moving big files around. Almost everything else is in the 4kQD1 random area. At least for typical real world stuff. But, video editing and things like that where you may be scrubbing through video files can really get a boost.
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