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Corsair Performance Series Solid State RAID Report - Final Thoughts

By: Chris Ramseyer | RAID in Storage | Posted: Jul 27, 2009 3:19 am

Final Thoughts


This is actually a review that I have been looking forward to writing for some time now. Desktop users have something that notebook users rarely get the opportunity to do, run RAID arrays. One of the biggest drawbacks for platter drives in RAID arrays is the increase of latency. Since solid state drives have hardly any latency to speak of to begin with, latency is not a problem.


With latency issues taken off of the table and your system chassis already having more slots for HDDs than your PSU has SATA power plugs, for lower capacity SSDs in RAID 0 this makes for an interesting proposition. When it comes down to it you can purchase two 64GB drives for nearly the same price as a single 128GB drive and in many cases two 128GB drives for less than a single 256GB SSD. Using the Corsair Performance Series as an example, a single 256GB drive from Newegg currently sells for close to 700 USD while a single 128GB from the same series sells for 345USD.


Our tests show that SSDs scale very well in RAID 0, not exactly double the performance but pretty darn close, depending on the test you are running. Keeping that level of performance is the key and the hardware Self-Healing feature that is only found in the current likes of Samsung / Corsair drives. This makes a very strong case for shifting my bias to the Corsair Performance Series drives for use in high performance desktop RAID arrays.


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