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Areca ARC-1882i and Corsair Force GT 7 Drive SATA III RAID 0 Setup (Page 1)

Areca's latest SATA III SAS card and seven 240GB Corsair Force GT drives - we test pure storage bliss!
By Shawn Baker from Sep 8, 2011 @ 9:54 CDT



We love SSDs here at TweakTown; not just as a site, but all of our writers love what SSD technology brings to the table. Most of us here actually run SSD setups including the boss who late last year moved to a 4x 256GB SATA III Crucial setup.. One of the biggest requirements for myself when upgrading my testbeds recently was the introduction of larger SSD drives. The 128GB Kingston drives I'd been using for a while now had served me very well, but as we expand our game testing and games themselves become so much bigger, we needed to make the move to the next size up.

Since the move to the next size up was happening, it made sense to make use of the latest SATA III technology. The 120GB Force GT from Corsair has already lit up our test system, but today I thought we'd take the 240GB version which are being used in my new testbeds for a spin. Of course, this isn't a hard drive review or anything like that, Instead, because a total of seven drives arrived for my new testbed line-up and a smart cookie on our facebook page commented we should throw them into RAID 0 for a bit of fun, we figured why the hell not!

So, with the help of Corsair and the good folks over at Areca, we'll today be checking out our seven Corsair Force GT 240GB drives in RAID 0 before they have to be separated and lead separate lives with other testbeds.

There's no real formula to the whole process today, so what we'll do is quickly just have a look at the parts and talk about the costs associated with each of them on the next page before we just look at our testbed and get stuck into the benchmark side of things.

To be honest, I've got a feeling most people haven't gotten this far into the introduction, so I may as well wrap it all up now and just get into the hardware side of things to see what's going on.

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