I decided to play around with SSDs (Solid State Drives) and while I have a couple of older Crucial SSDs they don’t have the latest firmware’s and compatibility with TRIM in Windows 7, so I bought two new SSDs and the ones I went for where the OCZ Vertex 2 drives, which have a very good controller as in the Sandforce 1200, which defaultly will give you
Max Read: up to 285MB/s
Max Write: up to 275MB/s
Sustained Write: up to 250MB/s
Now I did a complete re-install of Windows 7 x64 SP1 and setup the drives in Raid0 format, installed the latest Intel Chipset and Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver.
Windows 7 x64 SP1 (6.1.7601)
Intel i7 920
6GB Corsair Dominator
NVIDIA GeForce GTX570
2×80 GB OCZ vertex 2 SSDs (1.27 Firmware)
1x 1TB WD Green HDD
1x 2TB WD Green HDD
HDTune was the test application
I did install these two drives in a Raid0 array and know that at present TRIM is not supported in Raid arrays, but I do hope the Garbage Collection (GC) of the Sandforce controller will help clear the old deleted blocks to free up them in order to keep the speed of the drives stable.
Not too bad and boot time is sub 30sec as the CDROM controller holds up the boot a tad, shutdown is near 7secs. I was getting +/- 200mb/s with two 80GB WD Raptors in Raid0.