I am considering two options for my primary boot HD. I will install all my software on this drive for fastest load times, but all important data will go on a mirrored (RAID 1) storage drive.
PC is primarily for gaming. Mobo will be eVGA 680i SLI.
Does any one have any opinion on which of these gives better price to performance ratio?
The 74Gb raid 0 is faster than one 150Gb Raptor. Go for the 74Gb Raptor raid 0 124K stripping size for maximum performance. I have two 74Gb Raptor raid 0 124K and gets around 115Mb/s average read speed. A 250Gb 7200 hd will get around 50Mb/s read average.
Well I'm using 2 74Gb Raptor, mainly for gaming. Some would argue that it's not worth getting it but if you want to boot faster and load games faster as well, then this is it. The performance increase-to-money ratio is very low but it makes booting and loading quicker nonetheless.
Go to storagereview.com for some extensive hard drive benchmarks. The bottom line is that the single raptor 150 is the best performer for the single user system. The value of raid 0 is marginal at best.