Great review Jon, thanks!
The Toshiba Q Pro is one of the few sleeper SSDs (as I call them) out there, that are overlooked by most people. Another sleeper is the Seagate 600 Pro that you mentioned. The main focus is on the one hit (benchmark) wonders like the Samsung 840 Pro. Whatever SSD wins in AS SSD is "the best of all", which of course is false, but a simple result that is easy to create on any PC becomes the ultimate test.
I love seeing the varied results depending upon the particular test, very enlightening for those that pay attention. The truth is no SSD surpasses all others in every test, as you have clearly shown in this and other reviews. But the obsession with owning "the best" becomes a filter, we see only what we want to see.
I'll ask for your comment on the following, although that may not be part of TweakTown's policy for their writers.
A recent trend among some SSD enthusiasts has been to move away from using a RAID 0 array of SSDs as the OS drive, instead going back to single SSD OS drive. The main motivation for that is the recognition that 4K random read speeds do not increase in RAID 0 arrays, as sequential and high queue depth read and write speeds do. At best 4K random read speeds remain static, or usually decrease by 5% - 10%, and more so with RAID volumes of more than two SSDs. At least that is what is seen in... AS SSD, as I'm sure you know. Greater 4K random read speeds are believed to be better for booting and running an OS, which is why they have a high value in this scenario. I agree with this to some degree, but also know it is not that simple. I know that single SSDs with good (30MB/s or more) 4K read speeds, but are faster or slower by ~20%, boot an OS in the same amount of time.
You are still an advocate of RAID 0 volumes as OS drives, as you state at the end of this review. What would you say to those that disagree, and feel that the scenario I described above is correct and the better way to go?