I doubt Bigdog was thinking of RAIDing an SSD with a spin drive. In fact RAIDing anything but identical drives is a risk of running errors as each drive has different specs of R/W. Even 2 different MFG with similar specs may get errors. So use identical drives in any Striped RAID setup.
I did run into some issues of setting up my SSD as AHCI. Since I am still using my OS drive with a Spin HHD(not SSD), yet my scratch drives are 2 SSD's in RAID0, In the BIOS you cannot select AHCI, as the OS drive will not boot. Anyone know a workaround for such an issue. The last thing I want to do is reinstall the OS/Programs(and all the little tweaks of settings and saving all my custom wacom, plugin settings). I have Acronis for the image, maybe not selecting the MBR as a backup image may allow for a new MBR with AHCI to write on to the Spin drive?
On another note.... What would gain more work performance?... a RAID0 SSD on the OS/programs with a single SSD as scratch, or the scratch being RAID0 SSD ? Ofcourse I would image the boot SSD's as my 64gb Torqx drives have failed on me already(10yr warranty locks me in for a bit). I am running 16GB RAM, and my files sizes hit 1GB easy, and with cache and History points in CS5 Photoshop that gets mulitplyed rather fast.
To the OG poster. If you dont need a lot of room on your boot drive, I would SURELY go for the Raptors in 150GB . For what that is worth. :-) I say that with a bit reservation as the newer drives of Raptors are the new 3.5 size and those numbers I am sure have changed as the platform has. Either way the 10K spin specially in RAID0 will be snappy.
Look for latency times, spin up, etc....Or get SSD's since you arn't looking for size.
My OS is not RAID0, my 2 scratch disks are via Windows 7(x64 OS).
Not sure who controls or ingnores what on them, but they are all IDE right now.
So once I do the reg edit for AHCI, will this apply to the OS drive only? I guess it would.
On the SSD ...My Torqx drives do not have TRIM. they do have a Firmware update option, but they are Trim free. Patriot claims it support RAID0, 1, 0+1. Maybe this somehow makes them less of a candidate for scratch?
All SSD support TRIM, but only Windows 7 support TRIM. When you change to AHCI on regedit, you need reboot the rig, and go to the BIOS to change to AHCI. After that Windows 7 install the AHCI driver automatically.
I keep hearing the spinpoint f3 is faster than the WD BLack sataIII. Is that still going to be true with the new P67 boards and sandybridge processors or will that be able to handle the sata III better and produce better speeds?