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RAID 0 on Samsung SSDs

I'm using Blackmagic Davinci Resolve, which is a heavy color grading, editing and FX program. The files I work with are usually 4k or even 6k raw files. I plan to RAID 0 my Samsung SSD 840 pro 512GB drives, as it's important that the drives can read and write as quickly as possible for playback.

I read this article though, and I have this question that I wanted to be sure of. I keep all my program files on one SSD, and I have two more SSDs for video. Would it be better to RAID 0 the drives that have the video on them, and keep the drive that has the actual programs on it as a single drive? Seems like there's a limit to how fast programs can actually run?

Here's the article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-raid-benchmark,3485-10.html
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  1. OS and applications on one drive, working files on a different drive.
    Your use case may be one of the few where the SSD RAID 0 might make sense.
  2. If you set the two SSD drives up in a raid 0 array.
    And depending on your motherboard, and how new it is.

    And it has Sata 3.0 enabled ports of your motherboard, depending on the age of it.
    You should see roughly double the transfer speed in read and write operations.

    Obviously that would mean less waiting around for a 4k video file to load.
    The drives would combine with a total of just under 1Tb of storage space.

    And be seen in windows as a single listed drive.

    You will get better results with a Sata 3.0 enabled port, than a Sata 2.0 enabled port setup in speed.
    Check your motherboard has Sata 3.0 specification ports.

    Is it worth doing? Yes if you do deal with such large video files at a high resolution.

    If I was doing it, I would put the program used for the editing, and the video files on the Raid 0 array.

    Or if I had four SSD drives create two arrays of two raid 0 arrays.

    One for the editing program, and other software plus the OS. The other for the storage of video files.

    I say this because from one SSD drive to two in a raid 0 array would be the slow point at reading and writing if you needed more than a 550Mb a second.
  3. My older Vertex 4s are in a array, gets me about 800MB/s on sequential tasks and benchmarks. Otherwise the random access isn't that much faster.

    Maybe look into a PCI express drive solution to get even more performance.
  4. Shaun o said:
    If you set the two SSD drives up in a raid 0 array.
    And depending on your motherboard, and how new it is.

    And it has Sata 3.0 enabled ports of your motherboard, depending on the age of it.
    You should see roughly double the transfer speed in read and write operations.

    Obviously that would mean less waiting around for a 4k video file to load.
    The drives would combine with a total of just under 1Tb of storage space.

    And be seen in windows as a single listed drive.

    You will get better results with a Sata 3.0 enabled port, than a Sata 2.0 enabled port setup in speed.
    Check your motherboard has Sata 3.0 specification ports.

    Is it worth doing? Yes if you do deal with such large video files at a high resolution.

    If I was doing it, I would put the program used for the editing, and the video files on the Raid 0 array.



    It was suggested to me to just take all 3 of my drives and do a RAID 0. I guess I also wanted space, having the one drive with the programs to free up all the space on the two other drives. Does that make sense? These files I work with can be BIG.

    I have an Asus x99-e ws with an Intel i7 5960x.
  5. Best answer
    neverknowu said:


    It was suggested to me to just take all 3 of my drives and do a RAID 0. I guess I also wanted space, having the one drive with the programs to free up all the space on the two other drives. Does that make sense? These files I work with can be BIG.

    I have an Asus x99-e ws with an Intel i7 5960x.


    I wouldn't.
    1 for the OS and applications, 2 x with the RAID for your video work.
  6. Sprados said:
    Even x1 pci-e 2.0 has total bandwidth 1GB/s and with cheap raid 0 card 2 ssd iii can make it to that speed you need at list pci-e x4 raid 0 contoller to use more than 2 ssd iii in raid 0 and the get the most of them else forget it.

    PS I found a cheap x 4 pci-e 2.0 controller for your 3 ssd iii in raid 0 it will work without a problem

    http://www.amazon.com/HighPoint-RocketRAID-640L-PCI-Express-Controller/dp/B007P77WAW/ref=pd_sim_sbs_147_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=41DZ%2B9JpGYL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR133%2C160_&refRID=19AT4FY3068V6ZF147F0

    it has 4 GB/s bandwidth and you can have even 4 ssd's in raid 0 (2.2 GB/s) if you like.

    PS With 3 512GB ssd's raid 0 you will create a 1.5 TB volume and you will be near to 1.6 GB/s speed and is better to move and your OS in there you will see 2 GB videos and images to load in less than 2 sec is really worth your money.

    PS2 if you stack 3 ssd iii inside your pc case the temprature will rise as eatch it has 27 C in idle a good pc case in cosmos ii as you see hear

    http://www.coolermaster.com/case/ultra-tower/cosmos-2/

    you can put all the hard disks at the bottom (6 maximum) and they are cooled down with 2 fans, you can remove the drive cage from the front fan to bring the cool air inisde the box faster for the cpu cooler and the graphics card, it also has 2 fans on top and 1 fan at the rear, you can add 2 fans from the side for your graphics card and 1 fan on top. It’s a bit expensive

    https://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc1200kkn1

    but it gets the job done with safety.


    Dude, this is really, really helpful. Thank you for listing these parts for me too.
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