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Crucial C300 vs. m4 (4 x in RAID 0) - Time for an Upgrade?

By: Cameron Wilmot, Shawn Baker | RAID in Storage | Posted: Dec 13, 2011 11:53 am

Final Thoughts


Looking through the benchmarks, at times our setups do become a bit wobbly, especially the older C300 one. For the most part, though, we can see performance is extremely strong on the new m4 setup with some of the best gains being shown under HD Tune Pro where we can see that Read performance minimum numbers and maximum numbers are separated by only 25MB/s.


Talking to Crucial, it seems that this was an area that they chose to concentrate on. These are some massive upgrades from the C300 drives; they're more tweaked and that becomes evident when we're looking at some of the numbers.


The cost of the larger improvements in some areas, though, has seen a small drop in other areas. While we would've preferred to see gains across the board completely, it seems clear that a sacrifice in some smaller areas has been taken to create better gains in more important ones.


No matter what way you look at it, this continues to be a very expensive setup in the end with the ARC-1882i RAID card carrying a $650 US price tag and each 256GB m4 drive coming in at $379 US, resulting in a total price tag of $2,166 US.


That price will get you a Terabyte of storage at blistering speeds. If you're already running an older SATA III 256GB RAID 0 setup, we probably wouldn't recommend you run out and upgrade. While the gains in some areas are nice, the cost of moving over probably doesn't make it worth it. On the other hand, if you're ready to blow $2k on a dream storage setup, this makes for a mean setup.

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