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One 256GB SSD or 2 X 120GB RAID0 SSD?

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February 8, 2013 9:14:36 PM

I'm debating between buying a single SSD, 256GB or two 120 GB SSDs configured to RAID0. I can't afford 2x256, and I don't really need that much space anyway because I'll be using a large external hard drive as storage either way.

It's a matter of performance and reliability. This machine will be doing 3D renders and video encoding.

Any replies would be much appreciated, thank you. :D 

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February 8, 2013 9:15:55 PM

one 256, you wont really get that much more performance and you wont have garbage collection and TRIM with the 2 in raid 0
a b G Storage
February 8, 2013 9:16:32 PM

Well in my opinion RAID 0 for SSD is just retarded, go ahead and pick up a 256GB!
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February 8, 2013 9:36:31 PM

You can Trim SSD's in RAID with the newer Intel RST Drivers. 11.5 or higher i believe. The latest is 11.8 afaik.

If you only need 120GB for OS and programs, RAID the mofo's. If you don't like it, then you could sell both and get a 256GB. Heck, after reading this, i might get another 120GB HyperX 3K for RAID!
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February 8, 2013 10:12:09 PM

I have tried it, and there is no performance benefit that a user can detect.
Discount the glowing synthetic benchmarks, a normal user never runs that way.

Trim can be passed on in raid, but only if you have a Z77 based motherboard.

Just buy the larger ssd.
a b G Storage
February 8, 2013 10:27:37 PM

I don't think that you'll see any performance benefit from RAID with SSDs in your workloads.
February 8, 2013 11:44:56 PM

Thanks guys! Going with 1 256.
February 8, 2013 11:49:13 PM

Best answer selected by LionheartMG.
a b G Storage
February 8, 2013 11:52:45 PM

1 larger SSD will on average also be more reliable than 2 in RAID.
November 25, 2013 7:45:02 PM

I changed my mind when i saw the one versus raid SSD review here on Tom's.