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Areca ARC-1882i and Corsair Force GT 7 Drive SATA III RAID 0 Setup

By: Shawn Baker | RAID in Storage | Posted: Sep 8, 2011 2:54 pm

Final Thoughts


We're not delusional and we understand that the SSD market isn't the largest in the world yet. We also know that when you start talking about RAID SSD setups, that market shrinks considerably. When you start to talk about $4,000 US RAID setups...well...that's a pretty small part of the market indeed.


Not only was the article a bit of fun, though, it also helps give us a really good idea on the scaling of RAID 0 as we add more and more drives into the mix. Most will argue that the need for RAID 0 is very limited, but as an SSD 2-drive RAID 0 user myself, I think that it still has its place.


I think as we start to expand past two drive setups the price does become a bit too scary for most people to consider and honestly, we can see why. But if you're up for a serious SSD setup and you don't want to limit yourself to a single PCIe card solution, then it's a great opportunity.


To put everything into perspective, a OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 960GB will set you back $3,199,99 US. Going off the OCZ website, that should yield Read speed up to 740 MB/s, Write speed up to 720 MB/s with a Sustained Write of up to 600MB/s.


A four drive Corsair Force GT 240GB setup gives you exactly the same amount of space. When formatted it becomes 894GB which is what the RevoDrive should come in at. Those four drives will set you back $1,919.96 US. Of course, we want to throw in a RAID card and a card that supported up to eight drives like the one we have today will set you back $579.99 US, bringing the total to $2,499.95 US.


Ignoring what Corsair say we could get, we know for a fact that that we're seeing over 2,000 MB/s write speeds under ATTO and under HD Tune Pro we're seeing read performance of over 1,600MB/s.


I haven't used the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2, but as a user, if I was looking at this performance today, I'd be hard pressed to spend an extra $600 for what could be half the speed. No doubt PCIe storage devices have their place, but if you want big performance and big storage and you're happy to spend big bucks, a RAID 0 2-drive or 4-drive setup using something like the Corsair Force GT 240GB drives we have here today combined with an awesome RAID card like the Areca 1882i is mighty appealing. I can't see how you'd be disappointed in the performance that's on offer here.


Now, if only a couple of these could slide into my sexy Corsair 800D without anyone knowing...I'd be in HDD heaven!

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