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Post by gabo » Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:30 pm

Hi. I'm thinking of buying a SSD for my computer. Has anyone tryed one? Do you know what kind of performance increase I can expect? Can you guys recomend a particular brand/model? I'm thinking of getting an Intel X25-M G2
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Post by ccl0 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:01 am

that one is one of the best out now, but man are they expensive.

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Post by roirraWedorehT » Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:41 pm

I had read that Intel's were the best, too. Check out this article that came out the other day about the closest competition to Intel.

Whatever you choose, exhaust every avenue of research on them before you buy.
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Post by gabo » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:27 am

Thanx guys. I'll look into it.

Do you guys have any experience with them? What kind of change in performance can I expect?
@roirraW "edor" I see that you use a RAID in your computer. How is that working for you?
How much faster should a SSD be if I use it as my OS drive than a RAID 0 of normal drives?

I'm wondering Should I put the pagefile in the SSD or in a separate drive?

Have any of you any experience using a SSD with 64bit windows? I hope 5eraph sees this topic, and may share any experience he may have. I'm sure he will know more about the topic.

I know it's a lot questions, but I'm trying to figure out if this may be a good upgrade or a waste of money.
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Post by roirraWedorehT » Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:12 pm

Unfortunately for me, I have zero actual experience with SSDs; I've only read about them. :D

I've been using RAID for about five years in four of my computers. I LOVE RAID. The boost in hard drive performance with RAID 0, plus now that I use RAID 0 + 1, it puts my mind at ease that I won't lose any data as long as only one hard drive goes bad at a time (or two of the right ones).

So far, other that a single OLD Promise PCI IDE card that I used a well-documented hack to turn into a Promise RAID card, I've only used RAID built into motherboards. I believe these are normally "software" RAID, but I've been happy with my experiences. From what I've heard much more can be expected from "hardware" RAID but I believe it can really cost you.

PM 5eraph if he doesn't see this, I'm sure he'd be willing to advise, but keep the answers in public so we can all share the info. :)

Good luck.
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Post by 5eraph » Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:22 pm

No need to PM. I'm keeping up with this conversation. ;)

I have basically the same experience with RAIDs, but it's been a while since I've had a machine setup with it. I've also only used integrated motherboard solutions (nvRAID and Silicon Image on nForce3 and 4 motherboard chipsets). No problems here with RAID 0 or 1 over the last five years.

I will advise against RAID 5. There was a hard drive crash on my Silicon Image integrated controller, but the software-based recovery options are very poorly implemented. I ended up losing the entire 1.5 TB RAID 5 array. :evil:

I'm afraid I can't advise you on SSDs. I have no experience with them.


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Post by ricktendo64 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:43 pm

I wonder if Raid SSD drives would be faster than single ones

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Post by mooms » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:41 am

SSD is really good for the small files, even a raid of raptor can't compete.
Bu they are also very expensive, so if you buy one the best thing is to only install windows and the most used apps on it, and your data and big apps like games and your swap on a regular hard drive.

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Post by roirraWedorehT » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:12 pm

I will also note that when I went from my first SATA RAID system which used the VIA 8237 chipset to setting up some nVidia chipset-based ones for three other people and then ATI-based for myself and a couple others I built, the performance difference was noticeable. Albeit, the VIA was SATA 1, but I stay away from VIA anymore. I don't think much of their chipsets compared to ATI and nVidia.

FYI, ATI's RAID is really just Promise RAID rebranded and integrated, but there's nothing wrong with that.
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