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Potential SSD Raid.

Aug 17, 2008
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System Name WhiteWalker2020 / LAN Box
Processor Intel i7 6900K 4.4GHz / 2500K i5@4.5GHz
Motherboard MSI X99A Krait / Gigabyte Z68-UD3P
Cooling Full custom liquid / XIGMATEK HDT-Aegir
Memory G.Skill 32GB DDR4 3000MHz/ 4x4GB G. Skill DDR1866 Sniper
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX1080Ti SC ACX 2.0, EVGA GTX 1070 SC ACX 2.0
Storage 950 Pro 512GB M.2, 960GB SanDisk Ultra II, Intel 730 480GB and 240GB, 850 EVO 250GB, 17TB Mechanical
Display(s) 39" AMH 399A (no glass) UHD , Wasabi Mango 42" UHD IPS, Samsung 55" 4K
Case Thermaltake Core x9 / HAF 932 Red
Audio Device(s) Realtek HD-Audio On-Board
Power Supply EVGA Supernova 850W / Corsair 650TX
Mouse 2x Logitech 610
Keyboard Razer DeathStalker / Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical
Software Windows 10 Pro / Windows 10 64bit Professional
Hi ya'll

So I picked up another Crucial M4 128GB. For my secondary machine (the Z68) I was debating having 2 of these is Raid 0 on the 6Gb/s ports or just leave them individual. I know I will loose TRIM for now, might change this year if Intel can get the software running correctly.

The reason I would not mind keeping them separate is that I wouldn't gain that much read speed as it would hit the ICH10R bandwidth wall around 660MB/s read. I would gain a fair amount of write speed, from 190 to about 350MB/s or so. Is the write speed gain worth loosing TRIM over for gaming and daily operations?

I know ill gain speed in other ways from the raid 0 than just pure bandwidth. Just would like some opinions on the different setups or maybe even a new idea. I do have more than two of these if that makes a difference.

Thanx guys :love:


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Sep 18, 2011
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Gaming is over 90% read operation. The daily operations with the heavy write loads are web browsing and update downloads, and the bottle neck will be your internet link.

I wonder what the limit is for W7-64 software raid 0 (stripe setup under disk management).
The Intel south bridge should be PCIE 2.0 x4 channels.
Each channel is about 550 MBs effective (x1 raid cards spec around this lower number).
The ICH10R hardware raid may bottle neck, but can software raid do better?

If I had two SSD I would test them simultaneously as independant drives with IO meter.
If it doubles the bandwidth, then maybe software raid can keep up. It's a big maybe.