Solid state storage is the most important performance component found in a modern system today. Without it, you do not even have a performance system.
We feel this is an important RAID report because of the massive proliferation of LSI SandForce SSD's. Even though LSI SandForce's 2200 series controller is one of the oldest options currently available, our testing displayed that it's still a very potent storage solution.
Looking back at our testing, we can see that an LSI SandForce array can deliver enthusiast class performance, and even beat out some of the newer contenders. I find our Chronos Deluxe arrays performance when running as our OS disk, 75% full and in a steady state to be particularly encouraging.
Steady state performance is a very important aspect of testing simply because reaching a steady state is an inevitability. Testing a drive/array with a trace based benchmark when in a steady state is in my opinion a true measure of the actual performance that a drive/array is capable of delivering to the consumer in any scenario.
Right now you can pick up a Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB for $160 making it the best value we've come across to date. Chris Ramseyer declared Mushkin's Chronos Deluxe to be the best value for an enthusiast class SSD back in May of this year, and surprisingly, the same is true today, six months later.
RAIDing two or more drives together provides you with storage that takes performance to the next level and is something I recommend you try. Once you go RAID, there's no going back.