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Single SSD sata III or 2 SSD's in RAID 0 sata II?

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February 27, 2013 9:50:55 PM

I just built my first gaming PC with a single WD black 7200rpm 500gb HDD with full intent of replacing it with SSD's in the near future.

I have an ASUS P8Z77-V pro mobo that has 2 ASMedia sata III, 2 Intel sata III, 2 Intel sata II, and 2 ASMedia sata II ports. Only the Intel ports support RAID. Now that TRIM is currently available I want to run an OCZ Vertex 4 64gb SSD for boot drive, and 2 Vertex 4 128gb SSD's in RAID 0 for JUST games.

My question is do I run the boot drive on the Intel sata III and the RAID array on Intel sata II or the other way around? Or would I be better off running a single Vertex 4 256gb on sata III instead of the 2 SSD's in RAID 0?

I do realize the risk of data loss here, but it's only game files and I'm looking for performance in gaming. I am also considering leaving the mechanical drive in on one of the ASMedia ports for back up just in case.

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February 27, 2013 10:03:07 PM

SSD (boot drive) will always connect to the SATAIII if your MB has those ports.

I recommend to use one 256GB on the SATAIII instead of the raid0, you know the raid if your one driver is gone then all your data/OS is gone with it.
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February 27, 2013 10:13:27 PM

SSDs only affect load times and wont really affect a games performance. Since you would only see about 230mb/s with a vertx4 on a sata2 port I'd suggest putting the os on with the games n stuff on the raid0 intel sata3 array and skipping the 3rd ssd.
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February 27, 2013 10:25:05 PM

I have considered that as well. However, 256gb is pushing it as far as storage space. I was also considering 2 256gb SSD's in RAID 0 on Intel sata III and the 500gb mechanical drive as back up on Intel sata II.
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February 27, 2013 10:41:44 PM

One SSD in the SATAIII port is fast enough. Yes you can put the backup drive into the any SATAII ports.
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March 10, 2013 2:21:11 PM

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