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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
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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.
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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.
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February 8, 2013 11:44:56 PM

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

Best answer selected by LionheartMG.
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February 8, 2013 11:52:45 PM

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

I changed my mind when i saw the one versus raid SSD review here on Tom's.
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June 29, 2014 8:10:16 PM

Some people on here just like to type to read their words I think. So the OP states "This machine will be doing 3D renders and video encoding." and 2 people respond(one with the Tom's storage badge) with statements like "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." and an even more basic "I don't think that you'll see any performance benefit from RAID with SSDs in your workloads.". In short these guys are soooo wrong in the advice they gave this guy. RAID 0 will pretty much only benefit the video encoding/3D rendering with some perks in a few other situations.

So Tom's hands out these badges that make unassuming average consumers THINK these guys know something and they haven't a clue about the instances this guy needed to know about. Glad I get my information from my own extensive testing or that of my friends and other trusted sources. Just because you google specs doesn't make your knowledge valid and is NO SUBSTITUTE for EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD!!!
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