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Intel SSD RAID 0 vs Single SSD - Lower WEI - Should I care?

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September 5, 2013 8:55:36 AM

Hello Everyone,
Long time listener, first time caller.

I had an Intel machine setup with 2 Intel 320 80GB SSDs in RAID 0. Life was good, performance was fantastic. WEI score 7.9 on the drive measure.

Now I upgrade to new platform with AMD etc and based off my research many folks were saying no point or performance gains for doing the SSD RAID 0. So I installed the OS without RAID onto a single Intel 320 80GB SSD. WEI score 7.2 on the drive measure.

My question is should I care what WEI says here or did I really take a step back in drive performance. It's early enough that I can still wipe the machine and re-RAID the SSD's to get my theoretical performance back without losing anything except a little time.

Thank you in advance and I really must say these forums are a go to for my tech questions and issues!

-Nic
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September 5, 2013 9:02:22 AM

WEI is absolutely meaningless. No point in ever even looking at it. Now as for if you should RAID 0 again or not, do you feel like it is too slow now? If you are happy with the current performance then why bother?
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September 5, 2013 9:06:10 AM

Yes, you can disregard WEI and other synthetic benchmark results. What does your real-world performance tell you? Does it feel the same? If it feels like it's performing slower then create the RAID-0 array.

That being said, since your SSDs are only 80GB each, I personally would create a RAID-0 array.
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September 5, 2013 9:24:07 AM

Dereck47 said:
Yes, you can disregard WEI and other synthetic benchmark results. What does your real-world performance tell you? Does it feel the same? If it feels like it's performing slower then create the RAID-0 array.

That being said, since your SSDs are only 80GB each, I personally would create a RAID-0 array.


I agree alteast after creating the raid youll have around 140gb as one "drive"




also make sure to disable your paging file(if you have enough memory, 8gb is more than enough) since on ssds it will decrease the lifespan of them
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