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Windows 7: Thinking about RAID0

07 Mar 2010   #1
sfrj

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Thinking about RAID0

Hello,

I have windows 7 professional.

At this moment, running Q9550 OC to 3.7Ghz with ASUS P5E MB.

ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

It has RAID on board.

Would you recommend using it? Will i really notice any performance with lets say 2x500GB SATA2 HDD's?

I am a lot into gaming, so, thought this matters?

Please, tell me what would you recommend, which hdd's etc?

Any help is very much appreciated

Thank you!
sfrj




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07 Mar 2010   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Personally, I wouldn't suggest doing a RAID0 as this setup splits the data between the 2 discs and if either disc fails, you lose all of the data.

If budget allows, your biggest bang for the buck would be an SSD drive. Use this as your OS drive and load games to it, put everything else on a standard mechanical hard drive. Not only so SSD's provide more speed than a RAID0 stripe with 2 drives, but it's almost instantaenous access. Not to mention, no noise and vibrations within the case.
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07 Mar 2010   #3
sfrj

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Hi,
Thanks for reply.

Which SSD drive you guys recommend for OS?

As for RAID0, i was thinking RAID only for OS, not data.

I have 3TB HDDs for my storage.

Thank you
sfrj
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07 Mar 2010   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Without a doubt, the Intel X25-M Gen 2 is one of the fastest out there for running your OS. While others drives post much faster sequential write speeds, the Intel usually wins hand down in random I/O writes...which is what your machine does far more than anything else.

If I didn't have the Intel drive, I would probably do Patriot (for 10 year warranty) and then OCZ.
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11 Mar 2010   #5
sfrj

Windows 7 x64
 
 

What about WD Raptor 10k? They'r cheaper.

What is the speed difference between SSD and Raptor?

SSD r pricey :\\

Thanks
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11 Mar 2010   #6
Dragonfly

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 & 64 -(Boot Camped Snow Leopard on a Mac Mini)
 
 

Here's a YouTube demo with Vista that will give you some idea:

WD Raptor vs Intel X25-M, programs

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11 Mar 2010   #7
Desslok

Windows 7
 
 

You mention gaming. SSD would be the better choice, although make sure to get a good video card so that doesn't become your gaming bottleneck. And I would second Pparks opinions on the types. I have read some good reviews of the latest OCZs if you are worried about the high cost.
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11 Mar 2010   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sfrj View Post
What is the speed difference between SSD and Raptor?
A raptor is a 10,000 RPM version of a standard hard drive. They will provide a speed boost, no doubt over a 7,200 RPM hard drive. There is very good reason that these drives were the choice of gamers before SSD's were available. These drives can provide transfer rates of about 120MB/s during reads depending upon where on the drive the data is at. Usually the access times for these drives is around the 7-8ms mark....so this is how long it takes to find the chunk of data you are looking for.

Pros: cheaper and larger capacity
Cons: louder, more virbration in the case

SSD's are flash memory based devices. There are no moving parts and no spinning platters. These drives can provide transfer ranges of 200-275MB/s during reads across the entire disk. Their access times are in the .1 to .3ms range...so signficantly faster. So, this more instantaneous access time coupled with faster read rates provides the performance.

Pros: very low power, extremely fast access time, no need to defrag, no moving parts, very fast performance

Cons: cost, low disk space, a limited number of writes. (drives may only work for around 7-10 years)

Here is a slightly more realistic view of the difference you would see between a Raptor and an SSD




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11 Mar 2010   #9
sfrj

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thank you all, looks like i ll go with SSD.

Thanks again!
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11 Mar 2010   #10
BugMeister

Windows10 Pro - 64Bit vs.10547
 
 

if you want to experience terrifying speed - go for 2xSSD's in RAID0
- it's a MONSTER..!!
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