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sshd raid0 vs ssd+hd?

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April 14, 2014 3:27:35 PM

Which would be more suited for gaming?

Having 2 sshd in raid 0 such as 2 of these

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EIQTOFY/?tag=pcpapi-20

or having a 1tb HD with a 240gb ssd like these?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A1ZTZNM/?tag=pcpapi-20
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005T3GRNW/?tag=pcpapi-20

Both options are similar in price.

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April 14, 2014 3:34:43 PM

depends on the games...

If you play a lot of games where loading speeds don't matter, go with capacity/reliability.(SSHDs)

If you play a lot of games where load screens matter, go with performance.(SSD + HDD)

edit: (just to be clear) -- I should remove reliability from the first option because both setups are just as reliable. An SSD with a HDD has the performance crown in my examples for the reasons nukemaster gave.
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April 14, 2014 3:35:30 PM

I would personally take the Hard Drive + SSD to be in 100% control.

The SSHD's have 8 gigabytes of flash on each so the firmware must pick what to accelerate based on how often the sections of the drive are accessed.

With the SSD you have SSD speed on ANYTHING you install on it and if you do not need speed, you can install a program on the hard drive. All your personal files should be on the hard drive anyway.

One of the raid0 advantages is the sequential read/write speeds, but most day to say use is actually random and in that area SSD's excel. Raid0 does not actually improve access times noticeably.

The SSHD does have the advantage of being easy to setup once and let it manage things for you.

What is BEST for you can only be decided by you.
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April 14, 2014 3:37:20 PM

I would suggest the hybrid drives if you just want to plug-and-go, but if you want more performance from your drive I would get the SSD and a normal drive, its a pretty standard combination too.
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April 14, 2014 3:47:13 PM

I will go for the 240GB SSD + HDD. Because 1) There is a 100% chance your RAID volume will fail. that you will get trouble later. 2) the 240GB SSD will allow you install a lot the games on it. Also you will easy to do the maintenance for the SSD+ HDD.
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April 14, 2014 3:55:08 PM

cin19 said:
I will go for the 240GB SSD + HDD. Because 1) There is a 100% chance your RAID volume will fail. that you will get trouble later. 2) the 240GB SSD will allow you install a lot the games on it. Also you will easy to do the maintenance for the SSD+ HDD.


Huh?
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April 14, 2014 4:02:26 PM

skit75 said:
cin19 said:
I will go for the 240GB SSD + HDD. Because 1) There is a 100% chance your RAID volume will fail. that you will get trouble later. 2) the 240GB SSD will allow you install a lot the games on it. Also you will easy to do the maintenance for the SSD+ HDD.


Huh?

They are referring to the fact that ALL hardware will fail at some point.

However if one drive alone fails, it may loose all data or may get some back, while if 2 drives in raid0 has a single drive fail, you almost always loose data because it is split evenly between the drives(thus the speed increase because the drives work together).

A good backup play is always a must. Even with a single drive.
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April 14, 2014 4:09:04 PM

Well, come on already. That can be said of any moving part or anything carrying a charge. I feel it is a bit misleading to flatly say your RAID volume has 100% chance of failure when the same can be applied to his recommendation. Talk about doom & gloom!
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April 14, 2014 4:16:50 PM

I had used raid0 for YEARS and never had a failure cost me any data. Lucky enough, hard drives will report errors soon enough most of the time to allow a backup.
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April 14, 2014 4:23:17 PM

nukemaster said:
I had used raid0 for YEARS and never had a failure cost me any data. Lucky enough, hard drives will report errors soon enough most of the time to allow a backup.


I had a RAID0 with the 74GB WD Raptors. It was more of a novelty as I had little real-world use or benefit from them. I am firmly in the camp of my next storage upgrade being a fat SSD with plenty of spindle drive capacity.
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April 14, 2014 4:25:37 PM

That is what I ended up doing. SSD for Windows/programs and all my files are on a network share now.

Easy backup since all my systems get to share the same desktops/documents/videos/music/ect.
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April 15, 2014 3:01:04 PM

Think I might go for the ssd+HD
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