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Corsair P64 SSD RAID 0

Posted February 22, 2010 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs







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We’ve recently seen some very fast solid state drives, but they remain quite expensive for the most part, out of reach for many consumers. However, there are many people that crave speed, and a single SSD just isn’t good enough. Why have one when two is even better? Why, indeed.

If you’ve not had the opportunity to run an SSD, let me tell you they are fast. Blistering fast. Not only do your boot times drop through the floor, but programs load faster, response times are instantaneous, and the whole system is just so much "snappier’". Truth be told, whenever I have to work on a system with a traditional platter hard drive instead of an SSD, I want to cry. Patience be cast aside, I want speed!

Now, for those who think one SSD isn’t fast enough (!), there is another option: a RAID array. Yes, the good old RAID 0 that can take the best characteristics of an SSD and send those speeds through the stratosphere. And to address those speed junkies, today we’re looking at a pair of Corsair P64 SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration to see just what’s possible. Corsair has been branching into other component markets beyond simply memory, from power supplies to cases, and with a foray into the SSD market we are looking for some top performance here as we’ve come to expect from Corsair.

There are a couple drawbacks to configuring SSDs in a RAID setup, so the speed boost does come with a significant tradeoff; primarily, the lack of TRIM support in Windows 7. So is the speed worth the disadvantages? That entirely depends on your perspective. Let’s take a closer look at these Corsair P64’s in RAID 0 and see just how fast they fly.

Thanks go to our friends at Corsair Technology for supplying the review sample.

Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Corsair? Technology now offers more than 2,000 storage products that support nearly every device that uses storage, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and cell phones. In 2007, the company’s sales exceeded $4.5 billion. With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Corsair employs more than 4,500 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the ?Best Companies to Work for in America? by Fortune magazine, Corsair?s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Corsair believes that investing in its people is essential, and each employee is a vital part of Corsair?s success.



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