I want a large SSD but I don't want to shell out the mega-cash required for one, and why should I when I can combine 2 smaller drives into one larger logical drive for less cost and more performance in basically every access benchmark except 4k random reads? I might not always notice the speed increases, as you guys contend, but I'm getting them for free so why not?
You guys insist that there is "no real world benefit" of having uber-fast SSD RAID0s, due to the majority of our disk activity being 4K random reads (which don't increase during RAID0), but what about the ~40% of the time that I'm doing something with my disks besides 4k random reads? There I should be noticing dramatic improvement, which I contend that I am with games.
First off there's no such thing as a Vertex 3 Solid. Vertex is not the company, OCZ is the company, Vertex, Solid, Agility, Petrol, Octane, Synapse, etc... are each individual models. You either have an OCZ Vertex 3(Vertex is their flagship model), or an OCZ Solid 3(their bottom-feeder), you either have an OCZ Agility 4(budget performance), or you have a OCZ Vertex 4.
Keep an eye out for sales, I've seen 256GB drives down to $130 & 512GB drives droping as low as $280. As the end of the year aproaches, I believe that we'll see the 480/512's hitting the $0.50/GB mark durring the Christmas sales push, & the 240/256 drives going even lower.
I went back over the old posts in this thread & noticed you're running SATA II instead of SATA III, that does change things a bit... The only "Trick" to running a SATA III SSD on a SATA II controller is that you need to make sure you have the latest firmware
for your SATA III SSD, and the latest BIOS
for your motherboard. Firmware & BIOS updates have fixed 99.99% of the known issues of using a SATA III SSD on a SATA II controller, the majority of which came from the SandForce chipsets used in the majority of the early SATA III SSD's. Go here to update the SSD firmware http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/
Finally, since you're not on a SATA III controller, you might actually see some improvements from running a RAID-0 array. I'm still running a RAID-0 on my old 790 board (SATA II) with my Mushkin Chronos drives & Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and in that system, there is a bit of difference between single drive & RAID-0 performance & not just in benchmarks. System boots faster despite the added delay of the RAID controller having to be initiallized prior to starting Windows. Games & programs seem to start faster, game levels seem to load faster, and everything just feels a little more 'peppy'. Which is why I was so dissapointed when I got my second Vertex 4 & was able to RAID on a SATA III controller. It posts huge numbers in benchmarks, but the real-world just doesn't show the performance.