frumper15 wrote:Why not the 500GB 840 non-pro? Not much more than the price of two 250GB drives, a fair bit cheaper than the Pro. What's your application? Do you need the top of the line performance of the Pro? Do you need the capacity of 500GB+? Maybe a 256GB Pro would get you awesome performance, enough capacity and a price you can live with. Without knowing much more it's hard to make a definite recommendation.
Airmantharp wrote:Without a specific use case, a single drive makes more sense. The dual drive setup would undoubtedly push the bits in and out faster. It would also need special attention to the configuration.
However, if the two smaller drives are cheaper, then it might make sense to get them anyway. If the RAID-0 setup proves untenable you can just run them as separate drives, and again without a specific use case, you're unlikely to notice the difference between the Pro and non-Pro drives.
setaG_lliB wrote:So basically, the cheaper RAID 0 840 setup would be at least as fast as a single Pro, but harder to set up and possibly less reliable. Leaning towards the single drive now...
Airmantharp wrote:Game load times, in particular, benefit very little from SSDs except in a few modern cases; many run just as well on a Green drive.
morphine wrote:Airmantharp wrote:Game load times, in particular, benefit very little from SSDs except in a few modern cases; many run just as well on a Green drive.
Wait, what?! Clicky..
ChronoReverse wrote:I don't know about you but I have an SSD (C300) and my friend has a WD Black drive. When we play BF3, he could start loading the level a minute before me and I'd still get in before he does.
If you've used an older computer with reasonable CPUs and RAM (C2D and 3GB+), you'll find that you're ALWAYS waiting on the hard drive.
morphine wrote:Man, I don't know what you're smoking, but ever since I've moved to an SSD, all the games load a hell of a lot faster.
Firestarter wrote:...with the storage bottleneck being significantly wider, the CPU can become the bottleneck depending on game design/engine.
morphine wrote:Firestarter wrote:...with the storage bottleneck being significantly wider, the CPU can become the bottleneck depending on game design/engine.
There we go.
Airmantharp wrote:BF3 is an exception as I noted above, but many games just aren't helped much by SSDs, not enough to warrant spending 10x $/GB more than a mechanical drive that has much, much more space.
setaG_lliB wrote:Thanks for the help guys.
So for $65 less than a 512GB Pro, I picked up a 500GB 840 and a 2TB/7200 Barracuda. I think I'll be happy with this solution.
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