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What is the best SSD for gaming and should i get more than 1 SSD to use raid?

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October 29, 2013 3:49:27 AM

Hi there, i wanted to know what the best ssd is for gaming. I have been looking at the samsung 840 sdd but i am unsure if i should get more than one sdd for a raid configuration. Please could someone explain.

Thanks, Lawson.

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October 29, 2013 4:03:19 AM

The advantage of an SSD is that the games load much faster as does the OS. for the best performance you want to get a PCIe storage device but its all down to how much you have to spend.

I strongly recommend having your OS on an SSD and the game you play the most. Put thing like your documents on a different drive unless you get a large SSD
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October 29, 2013 4:07:57 AM

Okay, thank you. How many drives would I need for a raid 1 or a raid 2 or a raid 10 configuration?

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October 31, 2013 1:03:38 PM

My recommendation would be to purchase a Plextor M5P Xtreme 256Gb drive. It has a 100k IOPS rating, which on average is around 800k in my tests. You are going to see great performance increases when you put an SSD drive in your computer. As far as gaming goes, you will see reduced loading screens and programs open faster. Windows will also boot a lot faster as well. I start Skyrim and it opens in less than 10 seconds.

Highly recommend that you only run 1 drive. There is no real world performance increase operating SSD's in Raid 0.

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November 20, 2013 1:01:32 PM

> There is no real world performance increase operating SSD's in Raid 0.

Not correct: we measured 1.846 GB/second with 4 x Samsung 840 Pro
and a Highpoint RocketRAID 2720SGL x8 PCIe 2.0 RAID controller:

http://supremelaw.org/systems/io.tests/4xSamsung.840.Pr...
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November 20, 2013 1:25:39 PM

MRFS said:
> There is no real world performance increase operating SSD's in Raid 0.

Not correct: we measured 1.846 GB/second with 4 x Samsung 840 Pro
and a Highpoint RocketRAID 2720SGL x8 PCIe 2.0 RAID controller:

http://supremelaw.org/systems/io.tests/4xSamsung.840.Pr...



yeah, ok, but that's a test bench. I don't disagree with the numbers - technically that's what a quad of SSDs SHOULD hit anyways.

but there's this thing called "point of diminishing returns" and for most current one-person needs, I think your quad-SSD setup has gone way beyond it. I mean, a game loading in 0.2sec instead of 0.8sec is not that relevant since it only needs to do that once in a while. or if your boot times go from 50sec to 30sec then that's great if all you do is reboot all day long - but if you only reboot once a day, it's a pointless benefit.
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December 8, 2013 9:26:58 AM

giantbucket said:
MRFS said:
> There is no real world performance increase operating SSD's in Raid 0.

Not correct: we measured 1.846 GB/second with 4 x Samsung 840 Pro
and a Highpoint RocketRAID 2720SGL x8 PCIe 2.0 RAID controller:

http://supremelaw.org/systems/io.tests/4xSamsung.840.Pr...


Yes, I agree with you. that is what I mean by "real world performance". Yes, it may be slightly faster, but when you can purchase one drive and still have amazing performance....enough said.

yeah, ok, but that's a test bench. I don't disagree with the numbers - technically that's what a quad of SSDs SHOULD hit anyways.

but there's this thing called "point of diminishing returns" and for most current one-person needs, I think your quad-SSD setup has gone way beyond it. I mean, a game loading in 0.2sec instead of 0.8sec is not that relevant since it only needs to do that once in a while. or if your boot times go from 50sec to 30sec then that's great if all you do is reboot all day long - but if you only reboot once a day, it's a pointless benefit.


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December 8, 2013 10:11:47 AM

I wouldn't recommend an SSD just for gaming due to the only positive affect being faster loading screens(most of the game is loaded into RAM) but for overall performance your PC will be much faster. I would say get an SSD for your OS and programs you use often and an a nice HDD with a decent amount of storage for gaming. I guess it really depends how much you are willing to budget.
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