the main use for my system is gaming with the i5-2500k on a z68 board. i will have 6gbps and really just want to know which option
8gb ram disk with a combination of either ssd's or mechanical hdd's
a mechanical hdd
a single or raid ssd's
or a hdd with ssd caching
i'm trying to do it reasonably cheaply so best value rather than straight up performance.
thanks for any help.
A ram disk requires you to set up the ram disk each time you reboot. This is the fastest performance option but the most cumbersome to setup and maintain.
SSDs in raid do not give a great performance boost over SSDs. The reason RAID gives HDDs great performance enhancement is the interleaving of the read/writes. You approach double the speed because you have two mechanical spinning devices reading. With solid state there is no great improvement for controller read/writes.
A HDD with SSD caching will speed up the Hdd but will not match the SSD in speed.
The best solution with cost in mind is straight SSDs. The 256GB models are faster than the smaller ones.
thanks heaps for the help. should i just look at read/writes to see best trade off in price/size and speed. don't need large capacity so will try to lower price/size with minimum trade off in size. is trim dependent on the ssd or the motherboard. i plan on having either external storage for things not requiring speed eg movies/music or have a secondary mechanical which i already have in my possession.