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Thread: GA-X58-UD5 and Windows 10

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    Default Re: GA-X58-UD5 and Windows 10

    Is it worthwhile to run a raid 0 setup with older sata2 motherboards such as my EP45-UD3P or an X58? Absatively, posilutely!!!

    The following ssd benchmarks are from my posts in another thread:

    Update using a raid0 array for the O/S drive:

    I did a clean win7 install using two Crucial BX100 250GB ssd's in a raid0, high performance setup.
    The BX100 ssd's are budget units that perform quite well, especially when the price of the high end Samsung and SanDisk ssd's cost about 50% - 60% more. If you want to run a raid0 setup, you might want to check out the newer Crucial MX200 ssd's as their price should only be about 10% - 15% more. Don't buy two 128GB ssd's for a raid setup, as the smaller ssd's will probably have a significant performance penalty.

    Unfortunately the Crucial Storage Executive software does not currently work with a raid0 array, so it's a good thing that I had previously upgraded the BX100 firmware to the most recent version when I first got them.

    My current modded bios uses the 8.9.1 raid Orom, so right now, the TRIM command does NOT get passed to the raid0 array.
    With older systems, Fernando recommends the 11.2 raid Orom for maximum performance and allowing the TRIM command to be passed to the raid array.

    Once I have my backup system reassembled and running, I'll flash the EP45-UD3P bios to my newly modded F11e bios to see if TRIM works and if there's a performance increase with the 11.2 raid Orom.

    With my current 8.9.1 raid Orom,I ran two 4.012GHz AnvilPro tests, once with all C-states disabled and once with all C-states enabled.

    If you look closely you will see that I set aside 22% of the array as unallocated free space for ssd over provisioning. This will help with longer ssd life and should also provide additional performance. With no O/P space, the size of the array is about 466GiB which is the same as 500GB. With 22% of the ssd capacity reserved for over provisioning, the current size of the boot partition is now 360GiB.

    These are the results:

    I was kind of hoping that the performance difference would be much smaller so that I could justify running with these options enabled.


    Several more screen-shots:

    2X Crucial BX100 250GB raid0 AS SSD benchmark

    Single Crucial BX100 250GB SSD, tested as an empty, secondary data drive

    Single Crucial BX100 250GB SSD, tested as an empty, secondary data drive


    Additional note: My raid 0 o/s setup has not had any problems and has been running perfectly since June 12, 2015.
    Last edited by profJim; 08-12-2015 at 12:14 AM.
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