Samsung F3 1TB (RAID 0 & Short Stroking)
A Raid 0 configuration gives the best performance using 2 drives, but at the cost of reliability; if one drive fails then data on both are lost.
For our Gaming rigs we are interested in the best performance; so lets see some benchmarks in this configuration.
Here we have 2 Samsung F3 1Tb drives that I have setup using the Intel Raid Manager, a Short Stroke drive of 500gb (that’s using the 1st 250gb most performant sectors from each drive) and the remaining slower space (so as not to be completly wasted) was configured as a 1.3gb drive which can be used for other storage; as long as you remember not to use it at same time as our games.
|Single Samsung F3 1TB (Not Short Stroke)||2x Samsung F3 1TB Raid 0 (Short Stroke)|
|AS SSD 1.6|
|HD Tune 2.55|
|Boot Racer 3.1|
|BF BC2 Load Game||23sec||20sec|
The best of both worlds!
As we can see this configuration has excellent low Access times due to Short Stroking (this can be improved even more by making the drive smaller) and with added benefit of Raid has in some cases nearly doubled the Read and Write performance; which is just what we want for our Games.
The slower section of the drives are not wasted either using this method of Short Stroking as they are configured as a seperate partition that can be used for backups and other types of data – again as long as they are not accessed at the same time as our games.
So spend less time loading, more time playing – Short Stroke Raid today!
Want even better performance? – then maybe you should check out our review of the
Vertex 3 SSD 128gb drive.