Intel X25-M SSD vs WD VelociRaptor

Hey, I need some help choosing my new disks.


2x Intel® X25-M SSD 160GB

or

2x Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB (RAID 0)


What would you choose?
and why?
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  1. That depends. What would you need 2x SSD's for? One will handily beat the VR's in random and possibly sequential read speeds. The only thing that the VR's have in their favor would be faster sequential writes, but, even then, you'll almost never be limited by the sequential write speeds.

    What is this system for? Gaming? What's the rest of your hardware?
  2. its mainly for gaming.
    my hardware is:

    *takes a deep breath*

    CPU: i7 920
    CPU cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE1366
    Mobo: Asus Rampage II Extreme
    RAM: Corsair Dominator DHX+ DDR3 1600MHz 6GB
    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 285 x2 (SLI)
    Current HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB SATA2 x2
    PSU: Corsair HX 1000W
    OS: Vista home premium 64, (Win7 ordered will have it soon)
  3. jedimasterben said:
    That depends. What would you need 2x SSD's for? One will handily beat the VR's in random and possibly sequential read speeds. The only thing that the VR's have in their favor would be faster sequential writes, but, even then, you'll almost never be limited by the sequential write speeds.

    What is this system for? Gaming? What's the rest of your hardware?


    forgot to add why i may want 2 SSD's, what do you think about having them in RAID 0 aswell?

    edit: i may choose vertex instead of intel x25-M, what do you think?
  4. Don't see any sense to the Raptors unless you doing database work and therefore need the I/O.....don't see any reason for RAID 0 unless you are very concerned about boot time.

    The SSD's are great speed booster provided you can fit everything you want to go fast on them. I'm surprised no one make a itty bitty one that you could use just for page file and temp files. A utility that would let you load a game for example and in the backround swap all files to the SSD so they could load quicker when needed would also be a plus.
  5. ok that settles it, i think im going for one SSD

    but then

    Vertex

    or

    Intel X25-M
  6. Have both - (Well I have the Torqx wich is almost Idenitcal to Vortex).

    Intel X-25-M G2 for performance
    http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=3631&p=22
    Somewhat dated:
    http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Specific.aspx?ArticleId=25599

    Vortex - for cost
    For cost comparision
    Intel 80 gig = 74 Gigs, Vortex 120 Gig = 120 Gigs, Torqx 128 gig = 120 gigs
  7. Thanks alot for the help, i just ordered my 160Gb X-25M.

    I also get to see windows 7, so im going from 7200rpm spinpoint f1 and vista to intel X-25M and win 7.

    So exited... i cant wait :)
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