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February 26, 2011 11:36:28 PM

I'm looking to buy two SSD's and put them in RAID 0. I was wondering what the fastest drives were in terms of overall performance.

Currently the two that seem to be the most impressive are:

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II

and

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III

I have also heard that the Intel SSD's are very good as well. I'm looking at SSD's in the 100-200 dollar range, and 50-100GB range.

Any suggestions and benchmarks would be greatly appreciated.

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a c 143 G Storage
February 26, 2011 11:50:58 PM

If your motherboard supports SATA III 6.0Gb/s, I would go with the C300. Otherwise, I would go with the Vertex 2.
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February 27, 2011 12:12:48 AM

My motherboard has the Marvell 9128 SATA III controller. I've been doing research, and it seems to work fine with one drive, but is not capable of handling a RAID setup. Benchmarks show that a single C300 runs faster on the Marvell, while the C300 in raid will run faster on Intel's controller.

I don't know if anyone can answer this, but would it be worth waiting for the next round of SATA III drives? I saw the benchmarks on the Vertex 3 and if my Marvell controller can handle one drive, then it might be worth waiting. I have no clue if the Marvell controller can handle those speeds though.


Edit: I've also just been reading about the 25nm vs 32nm Vertex 2 debacle. Makes me think twice about purchasing their drive...
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February 27, 2011 12:27:44 AM

Have you considered an OCZ PCI-e based ssd? They come with multiple ssd's in RaidO array.
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February 27, 2011 12:30:00 AM

I have not looked into them very much because their prices have always seemed very high. I will take a look.

Edit: 290 for 120 GB. A little pricey, but I suppose not much more than two 60 GB drives.
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February 27, 2011 1:06:58 AM

Best answer selected by floks.
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February 27, 2011 2:19:00 AM

Just as a final update, I've decided to go with the Vertex 2 in RAID. Now, currently the model being sold in stores is OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G.

Take notice of the E in the model number. That means it is the new 25nm drive. Luckily Newegg is still selling the older model, under the number OCZSSD2-2VTX60G.

I figure I should buy mine before they're all gone, we shall see if it was worth all the fuss.
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