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Old 07-04-09, 07:51 AM   #1
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Question Samsung PB22-J and other SSD's

I've got a little spare cash ATM and I've been wanting an SSD or two for a while now. Just looked on my usual suppliers site and found this Samsung PB22-J 64Gb SSD. The read/write speeds look great (220/200MB/sec) and the price is.. well.. relatively reasonable. I might be running two of them in RAID0.



http://www.cclonline.com/product-inf...cre64g5mxp-0vb

Just wondering if there is any other SSD's anyone might recommend, and whether running in RAID0 is a good idea? Any input would be appreciated
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Old 07-04-09, 08:51 AM   #2
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I just hope your controller doesn't explode
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Is it likely to? I assume you mean the RAID controller. Can you overload them??
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Just joshin (I hope) but the guy whose PC recently died in another thread was using striped ssd's,
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...04&postcount=3

You should be OK, your chipset isn't crappy.

Then again, This
http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/fo...73&postcount=7
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There's some good info on those OCZ forums, but honestly, those guys can be down right paranoid sometimes and go overboard.

I've been running Raid0 for months on OCZ SSDs with great success. I'm still running on the Core drives (Have 3 Vertex drives [230/135 ms] laying here and a 4th on the way) and they've been great since day one. Just make sure you turn off any defragmenting in your OS and disk indexing or anything that can cause unnecessary wear. And clear your SATA controller of everything you can as you'll need it all for the SSDs.

I bought a SATA card to plug into my PCI-E to run my optical drives so I can free up the SATA controller.
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Old 07-06-09, 02:53 AM   #6
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Cheers guys. A little food for thought
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From what I've read I might give RAID0 a miss. It has given me problems in the past and I lost all the data in my main drive. So I'm now thinking about the 120GB OCZ Summit Series 2.5" SSD. It's got the same Samsung controller is the Samsung drive, a 128mb cache and is just as fast. I'm just supprised one of these is more expencive than 2 64Gb drives. Doesn't make sense to me, but there you go.
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Right then, after a little more reading I've settled on the G Skill Falcon 128Gb drive. It seems it is slightly better at dealing with small files and is a little cheaper at 269. I'll post my thoughts on it when I get it up and running.

EDIT: Good review of the G.Skill drive.. http://www.guru3d.com/article/gskill...b-ssd-review/1
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I've found Raid0 to be perfectly reliable as long as you have a stable platform. For guys that overclock, it's critical that you bench in Prime overnight on your OC before going to a Raid0 array. The one time I didn't do this, it corrupted. But I've been going for several months now on a stable Prime overclock with no problems at all.

I do have a 1TB as a backup, though, in case anything should happen.
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So are the intel drives not the only ones that are good anymore? Do any of the aforementioned drives have the stuttering because of the onboard controller? JW because I want to get a SSD and want to research all the options
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So are the intel drives not the only ones that are good anymore? Do any of the aforementioned drives have the stuttering because of the onboard controller? JW because I want to get a SSD and want to research all the options
OCZ, Samsung, Intel, G.Skill and others all have good drives available, but the OCZ, G.Skill and the Sammy seem to be the best VFM right now.

It seems the cache has a large effect on the small file transfer speeds as well as the controller. That review I linked to has some good info in it regarding this. Have a read .
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Why are transfer rates so important to you? SSDs are about access time and small file size transfers IMO. That's what's important for a boot disk. Usually RAID 0 doesn't help with that.
Hmm. I may be misunderstanding what you're saying, but I can definitely tell a difference in how fast general usage is in Raid0 on my Core drives than on a single drive. It's improved boot times and load times for gaming, desktop apps and web browsing. And I don't get any stuttering like I do on a single drive.. it's a much smoother experience.

Some single SSDs still don't handle small file sizes that well. Raid0 addresses this problem (or more cache or better controller, as I've heard as well.)
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