|Originally posted by GamingGal
Another thing I forgot to mention in our ongoing 88xx vs. 56xx debate.... the 8890 will have a RAID option while the 5680 will not. From my name you can see I'm a die hard gamer (friends call me an addict but whatever ), so those in the know, how much additional gaming performance will I get from a RAID config (the one where it writes data twice as fast) and is it worth it?
While there is a theoretical advantage to RAID, it is unusual to see significant speed increase unless you're frequently manipulating very large files (digital imaging, CAD, stuff like that). And there is a big down side to the RAID striped array (which is what we're talking about here) - If *either* hard drive crashes you lose *all* of the data on both. Bottom line, the risk of data loss is greatly increased.
About 8 months ago I purchased a new desktop and went with a RAID 0 striped array. This was supposed to be my "C:" drive although Hypersonic warned me it could be risky to have my OS on a RAID 0 array. They (thankfully) talked me into getting a 3rd hard drive to be my "C:" drive and hold the OS and keep the RAID array for games, images, music, etc.. Well, I had to try the "faster" RAID array for my OS, so I reloaded XP onto the array. Over the next month or so, I must have had to reload that puppy at least 5 more times due to system crashes. I finally wised up and reloaded XP to the single hard drive. BTW, the games and pictures I use are not noticeably faster on the array than on the single disk.
Of course, you could use the RAID 1 setup, and keep a copy of all your data safe in case of hard drive failure of the primary disk, but that would cause a noticeable slowdown.
Unless you frequently manipulate large files, I would not go with a RAID array as my primary hard drive. Yes it sounds tempting, but be smart. Don't do it unless you go with 3 hard drives, run a single drive "C:" for the OS and the keep the RAID array for files and programs. But don't expect to see any major gains when gaming this way either.