QUESTION: Better to have Video files on 3g SSD and Video Editing Software on 6GSSD?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Korican100, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. Korican100, Jul 30, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2013

    Korican100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 9, 2012
    Here's my situation. I have a Mac Pro 3,1 with FSB.

    I have a 3g SSD, and a 6g SSD with Velocity X2 solo(PCIe) to get them full 6g speeds.

    I want the most optimal setup here. Do I house my video editing software on the 6g SSD and store the video files that I edit on the 3G SSD?

    or Do I install my software on the 3g, with the videos on the 6g?

    What would give me the fastest experience with editing, adding effects, skimming, tracking etc?

    Does anyone know? Thanks
  2. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020


    Jul 21, 2004
    Media always goes on the faster, bigger drive.
  3. GP-SE macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2013
    files on the 6GB/s drive, software on the 3GB/s drive
  4. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    OS and Apps I/O is largely random small block transfers which for most SSDs top out at around 20-30MB/s. As a result, this kind of I/O can't take advantage of 6Gbps SATA3 most of the time. Large media files, however, can sustain transfer rates that will saturate the SATA bus.

    So, as others have said... OS/Apps on 3G and media on 6G is your optimal setup. Whether you would actually notice a difference either way in anything but benchmarks, depends on the storage I/O workload (file sizes, queue depth, etc), software, and drives. In other words, it may make no perceptable difference.
  5. violst macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2012
    "Strike that. Reverse it"

    -Willy Wonka
  6. OS6-OSX, Aug 4, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2013

    OS6-OSX macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2004
    "Is this some kind of fun house?"
    "Why, having fun?"

    -Willy Wonka :D

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