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a b G Storage
May 20, 2009 2:05:57 PM

I am toying with the idea of replacing my boot HD with SSDs.

I am undecided to buy
2 * 30 gb OCZ Vertex (for RAID 0) or
1 * 120 gb OCZ Vertex

http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/flash_drives/ocz_...

I realize the 120 gb Vertex has slightly higher performance than the 30 gb version. If I buy 2*30 gb (total 60 gb) it will cost me slightly less than the 120 gb version. So 120 gb version offers more gb/$$. And I will still have the option of buying another in the future for RAID 0.

My boot drive now is 2*500 gb Seagates configured as Intel Matrix Raid, ~80 gb RAID 0 section for boot + ~440 gb RAID 1 section for data.

What’s your opinion? To buy 2*30 gb SSD and RAID 0, or buy 1*120 gb SSD for boot?..
a b G Storage
May 21, 2009 8:16:27 AM

Well, what are your priorities? Capacity, or speed? Obviously, the 120GB SSD represents the former, while the RAID 0 setup is the latter. Personally, I'd go for the 120GB SSD, as I'd rather do without RAID unless absolutely needed.
May 21, 2009 1:12:47 PM

Certainly 2*30 gb SSD and RAID 0 would be incredibly fast than the 120GB single SSD...
Like r_manic said, based on your priority, go for the config...
Another good alternative for the OCZ...
It has the same controller as the OCZ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b G Storage
May 21, 2009 4:35:19 PM

Thank you for the responses.

r_manic – I’m after speed. I already have nearly 2.5 tb of data and backup space in 5 HDs (4*500 gb+1*1.5 tb) in my PC. Since I backup (Acronis) once a week I don’t mind RAID 0 on boot drive.

PsychoSaysDie – I checked my present RAID 0 boot (2* Seagate ST3500320AS) with HD Tach 3.04.0 (Long bench 32 mb zones):
Random access: 9.5 ms
Average Read: 180 mb/s
Burst: 359.5 mb/s

Gkay09 – I guess going towards the RAID 0 route seems more logical as I am after more speed, not more storage space. Super Talent seems to be a viable alternative to the OCZ Vertex. Unfortunately it’s not yet available in my country. Only OCZ, Samsung and some lower spec brands, Bigboy and Team are available right now.

Thank you all.
a b G Storage
May 22, 2009 4:03:00 AM

Quote:
r_manic – I’m after speed. I already have nearly 2.5 tb of data and backup space in 5 HDs (4*500 gb+1*1.5 gb) in my PC. Since I backup (Acronis) once a week I don’t mind RAID 0 on boot drive.

Lol, no wonder! Ok, you're welcome :) 
May 22, 2009 4:15:31 AM

^ Nice choice with RAID 0...
I had seen a review somewhere that the Max read/write in RAID 0 for those SSDs is above 400MB/s ;) 
Thats fast :p 
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