Stock SSD + Vertex 3 in RAID 0?

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  1. ElCidRo macrumors regular

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    I don't have any experience with SSD drives so PLEASE be patient with me! :D

    I want to buy the new 15 inch MBP (the high-end version) with the 128 GB SSD upgrade and wait for the OCZ Vertex 3 to be released. Buy an optibay, put the Vertex 3 on the SATA III 6GB/s, the stock SSD in the optibay on the SATA III 3 GB/s in RAID 0.
    Is it worth the risk of data loss for the speed gained compared to just using a Vertex 3 on the SATA III 6 GB/s?

    If the speed is not noticeable in real world scenarios (I work in photoshop with high res pics) I would prefer to buy the 500 GB 7200rpm and wait for the Vertex 3 and then use these 2.

    Is it possible to use one of those hybrid HDDs in combination with a SSD in a RAID 5?

    If any of the above doesn't make any sense, could you please take the time to explain instead of letting me know I have no idea what I'm talking about (because I already KNOW that)?
    Thanks in advance guys. :apple:
     
  2. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    A single vertex2 is 20-30% faster then what Apple sells. 2 vertex3 would be massively faster.

    I wouldn't waste money on Apples SSD if you just plan to replace it.

    For any type of RAID you need the same drives so you can't mix and match.

    I would think that a single Vertex3 of about 120GB and a 500 GB HDD would do better for you. 2 vertex in RAID would be great but you have less of a chance of loosing all of you stuff if you dont use RAID. Unless you back up often, then the RAID would be fine.
     
  3. ElCidRo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your helpful reply :)
    I do plan to backup often. But would a double Vertex 3 in RAID 0 be worth the cost for the performance gained versus a single Vertex 3?
     
  4. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    For cost v. performance? probably not. Unless you do a lot of Database, or spend ALL day doing tasks that are VERY disk intensive.

    I would start out with 1 vertex3, and if you later decide you want faster get the 2nd.
     
  5. ElCidRo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks again! So its settled. I will go for a HDD and upgrade to the Vertex 3 when released.
    One more question:

    Is the 500 GB 7200rpm the good choice for me if I plan to upgrade to Vertex 3?
    Would the 750 GB 5400rpm be a better choice taking into consideration the:
    - higher capacity
    - less noise?
    - less heat?
    and MOST importantly: - same performance in real use scenarios? (I will just store videos and personal stuff on it, and the OS, apps and work files on the SSD).
     
  6. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    The performance difference should be negligable, but the 5400 RPM should have less heat.
     
  7. ElCidRo thread starter macrumors regular

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  8. hoxley macrumors regular

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    the 128 ssd on the higher end 15mbp *is worth it* for the upgrade price.

    will be interested to see the read / write speeds reported by 128SSD BTO users when they get delivered.
     
  9. ElCidRo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes - it is very cheap... but in my case its better to go for the HDD, because I plan to go for the Vertex 3 when its released in a few weeks. (better speed and more storage in the end).
     
  10. jvmxtra macrumors 65816

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    Me 2.. waiting for vertex 3
     

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