Saturday , 20 December 2014
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RAID0 & The SSD – Benchmarking in RealSSDx2

Crucial C300 256GB RealSSDx2 in RAID0 (16K Stripe)

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We left the two true Crucial RAID tests until last to show how great these Crucial drives really are.  Installation for these 256GB drives took 9 minutes and 10 seconds and the boot time is simply amazing at just over 10 seconds.  If we could highlight two things, its certainly the 4k random write transfer speeds of 280MB/s which played a large part in the final Vantage scoring of just over 58ooo points.  This is the highest we have pulled off on PCMark Vantage and shows that the sky is the limit with RAID0.

Crucial C300 64GB RealSSDx2 in RAID0 (16K Stripe)

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This may be the first time I have built a system utilizing RAID0 but I can tell you that with an installation time of 9 minutes and 28 seconds and then subsequent boot time of 10.8 seconds, we were in for a treat. One of the biggest misconceptions we see in the consumers choice in solid state drives is the selection of drives through belief that the advertised high sequential reads and writes will provide them with a better performing SSD.

The consumer takes a look at the lower write speed of the single Crucial C300 RealSSD which is directly reflective of what we have here in the Crystal DiskMark score and may overlook the drive believing that it is not equal to others which is an incorrect assumption by all counts.  The Crucial 64GB drive is a top performing drive and, if you take a look at the high Vantage scoring of over 55000 points, this transfers into a very visible performance increase with a drive that is not going to cost an arm and a leg.

In fact, we showed the same thing several months ago in our review of one of the two C300 64GB SSDs being utilized here in this RAID0. We pit that drive against other top performers in both SATA 2 and SATA 3 and it still came out on top.  Whether the drive is being used for a single installation or RAID like this, you just can’t go wrong for the price.

Pg1 – Introduction & Test Protocol

Pg2 – TRIM and Building RAID0

Pg3 – Optimization and RealSSDx4

Pg4 - Benchmarking in RealSSDx2

Pg5 – Conclusions and Intel New RST Ver 10 Released

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About Les Tokar

is a technology nut and Founder of The SSD Review. His early work includes the first consumer SSD review along with MS Vista, Win 7 and SSD Optimization Guides. Les is fortunate to, not only evaluate and provide opinion on consumer and enterprise solid state storage but also, travel the world in search of new technologies and great friendships. Google+
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