Ok, after chatting with Mak, I have decided to wait awhile longer [3-12 months] before purchasing some Intel SSD's. I would like larger capacity Intel SSD's at lower prices [I suppose everyone feels this way]?
Anyhow, tonight when I was breaking open my brand new Gigabyte P55A-UD3 I noticed on the front of the box this statement: "SATA 3, 4x Speed via RAID 0".
I have done a fair amount of reading on RAID set ups, and to be 100% honest with you, I found it very challenging to understand...[striping, mirroring, what stripe size should I use, etc.].
What did catch my attention was benchmarks and corresponding statements like this:
"The hard disk system burst read transfer rate increased between 49.17% and 57.39% when we used RAID0 configuration instead of a single disk configuration." I found benchmarks and the preceding statement here:
Does RAID0 Really Increase Disk Performance? | Hardware Secrets
"The hard disk system average transfer rate increased between 93.76% and 101.36% when we used a RAID0 configuration instead of a single disk configuration – in other words, RAID0 doubled the hard disk drive system average speed!"
Needless to say, those stats are very impressive to me...
I have never run anything in any of the RAID options ever before....so, here are my questions:
1. Will I really receive HD performance that is 4 times faster if I use RAID 0 with a MB that supports SATA3?
2. Must I use two of the exact same HD's. Must these HD's that are to be run in RAID 0 have SATA 3 capabilities? [UPDATE: Ok, after reading much more tonight, I now realize both drives must be identical and must support SATA 3. Can anyone here suggest two HD's that support these requirements and are a good deal at the moment]?
3. Is it difficult to set up RAID 0? Is maintenance difficult on a RAID 0 set up?
4. Would you set my system up with SATA 3 via RAID 0 if you had this option? If yes, why?
Ok, I have come here because I know most of you guys are light years ahead of me in many different areas of computer components, software, OS, etc.
Can someone here help me in this area?
Here are the components I have acquired so far:
Western Digital 640 GB Black edition
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL7D
Enermax Infiniti Ein720AWT 720W Modular PSU
Cool Master Sniper Black Edition
Galaxy 250 GTS
Corsair Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit