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1 Hybrid vs 2 HDD(Raid 0)

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November 16, 2013 12:00:24 PM

Hi all,

I'm building a new pc and I'm trying to decide on what the title says. First of all, I will have a 120 GB SSD to install the OS on, but this pc will be built mainly for gaming, so I need more space than that. To get good performance while not spending too much, should I choose a single Hybrid drive with the same HDD specs as the HDDs I'm comparing it with (64MB cache, SATAIII, 7200rpm) except for that extra SSD bit it has, or get two regular HDDs with the specs above and Raid 0 them?

I have no past experience with hybrid drives. Has anyone had the chance to compare two similar configurations I've listed above? The hybrid solution is cheaper by the way. Thanks.

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November 17, 2013 7:50:32 AM

No one? :) 
I guess, to summarise, I'm asking about the efficiency of Hybrid drives and read/write speeds vs. raid 0 regular HDDs
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November 17, 2013 9:22:04 AM

Go with regular HDD's they are reliable. Hybrid is a new technology and have some faults in it, so better not to use them for now.

And you wouldn't benefit from RAID setup if your primary function is gaming. People use RAID to keep safe their important data's. So you won't need RAID to play games.
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November 17, 2013 2:14:36 PM

SSHD's have a small SSD used to cache frequently read data. The cache is typically 4 or 8 GB and you have no control at all over what get cached beyond using the program a bunch of times. So realistically you might be able to cache a few games and everything else would be just like running from a regular drive.

If you're happy with that then go ahead and get the SSHD. If you'd rather have more space for the $30 premium then get a larger drive.
Just remember to never trust your important files to just 1 drive. Backups are key to surviving drive failure.
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November 18, 2013 11:13:50 AM

lonewolf7 said:
Go with regular HDD's they are reliable. Hybrid is a new technology and have some faults in it, so better not to use them for now.

And you wouldn't benefit from RAID setup if your primary function is gaming. People use RAID to keep safe their important data's. So you won't need RAID to play games.


I think they would rather use RAID 1 for keeping their files safe. I'm referring to RAID 0, which some people actually consider "less safe" than using a single drive.

popatim said:
SSHD's have a small SSD used to cache frequently read data. The cache is typically 4 or 8 GB and you have no control at all over what get cached beyond using the program a bunch of times. So realistically you might be able to cache a few games and everything else would be just like running from a regular drive.


Does this also mean that the cache is regularly updated? So for example, you use an application or some files often for a month and they get cached; but then you stop using those and start using other files often. Do the previous files get moved off the cache(if you're cache is full) and the files you've newly started to use often get put in the cache, or once the cache is full it stays that way unless you actually delete them from your drive?

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November 18, 2013 11:30:11 AM

RAID 0 or RAID 1 you wont get any benefit from that setup for games. The map(game) will only load faster compared to HDD (only few seconds), and in overall the gameplay will be the same on SSD and HDD.

And the games will load on RAM not on HDD/SSD, so the fast the RAM is the fast you can play. SSD/HDD will have no impact on games.
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