I need recommendation about whether one or two SSDs (in RAID 0) will be worth the money spent in my specific case. If so, which ones should I use. The important specs:
Mobo: ASUS P8P67 Pro
32 GB RAM
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.
Image processing on large CT scans.
Despite having 32 GB of RAM, I still manage to run out of RAM and thrash the page file. I already have the maximum amount of RAM supported by my motherboard. Using any more RAM would require upgrading to a Xeon processor and a new motherboard, which is way out of my budget.
I want to use one SSD, or two lower capacity SSDs in RAID 0, only for storing the page file. I have two questions:
1. Am I likely to see a significant improvement by adding SSDs in my specific use case and is it going to be worth the money spent. Maybe this question is too open ended to answer.
2. I'd like a suggestion from the community on what SSDs will be the best choice.
Does the maximum number of IOPS make a significant difference if I'm only using the SSDs for the page file? I'm not familiar with the read/write pattern for page files in Win 7.
Do I understand correctly that SSDs using MLC NAND flash get significantly slower if you use more than half of the drive for files that are being accessed continuously? In which case, for a 64GB page file I'd have to have 128GB of SSD space.
Here's the deal; It seems that board has a second 6GB/s sata controller operating on the PCIe bus that supports AHCI only. you should plug your OS drive into these navy blue ports if it is not currently RAID. This way you will be distributing the workload and allowing the SSDs full bandwidth.