It's been quite some time since we've published a RAID Report, but don't think we forgot about the users looking to get the most out of their systems. SandForce has produced a really good SSD controller that is very resistant to "SSD Fragmentation". The core product of the consumer SandForce SF-1200 is the enterprise SF-1500 controller. Enterprise customers almost always design and use RAID for redundancy in their servers, but we have still yet to receive a hardware RAID solution that is able to pass along the TRIM command.
Knowing that TRIM would not be supported, SandForce designed a controller that was able to function at near peak performance even without TRIM commands being passed to the drives. This foresight helped SandForce build the highest performing enterprise class SSD on the market and the technology carried over into the consumer line as well. Purchasing a High IOPS SandForce consumer SSD like the Corsair Force Series gives consumers around 98% of the functionality of the much more expensive enterprise drives.
Today we are going to take a pair of consumer class Corsair Force 90GB SSDs with a Newegg price of 189.99 each and pair them in RAID 0 on an enthusiast motherboard. If everything goes as planned, the two drives will deliver 180GB of capacity and speeds unmatched by a single SSD on the market.
Let's start things out with a closer look at the Corsair F90 and then jump right into testing this pair of world class SSDs.