With windows 7 just around the corner I was looking at picking up 2 Crucial M225 64GB SSD's and whacking them in raid0 for some sexy speed.
However I am looking at what would be the best raid card to do the job? 2 ports will be enough, but theres so many options out there with very little in the way of reviews for them, could anyone reccomend a card that would do the job, ideally with a nice large cache on it to help eliminate any remaining "stuttering" issues that exist.
Its much better to buy a good SSD than to buy multiple less good SSDs and put them in RAID0. So i would concentrate on Intel X25-M (G2) because that's the best controller you can find right now, and it has decent firmware without any real weakness.
If you are to use RAID, i would suggest onboard Intel ICHxR-based RAID drivers since they are able to use RAM writeback as the only Windows-based RAID engine able to. You will get some of the writing benefits expensive RAID adaptors have.
Also note if you connect very fast SSDs to hardware RAID controllers you may slow down your array because the RAID controllers cannot keep up with the IOps processing level of SSDs. For example, i don't think you can find any RAID card that is fast enough to saturate 10 Intel SSDs, and probably even half of that would already lead to performance degradation.