Raid 0, Try it, You'll Like it!
I see the people bashing Raid 0 don't have it. Fine. As I said earlier, you have to have it to appreciate it. I have Raid 0 on both my HomeBuilt and Area 51M 7700.
Although I can't compare performance of the 7700 directly as it came with a raid 0, I can tell you about the homebuilt.
Before raid 0, the one 200 Gig Maxtor SATA, took a little over 1 minute to boot. Also, A fresh installation of Windows XP Pro, plus SP1 (Back then) took close to 45 Minutes!!!! After getting a second 200 Gig Maxtor, It took me 18 minutes to Configure the Raid-0, Format the drive using NTFS and install Windows XP Pro and SP 1. 18 MINUTES!!!!
It happened so fast I couldn't believe it would boot. But but it did.
After RAID 0, and before any additional software, she booted in 22 seconds. And now, with only 33 gigs of 400 free, every program & Game I own on her, she still boots in about 35 seconds. And the only change from the previous configuration was the RAID 0.
The AREA 51M 7700, Raid 0, despite having:
Ad-Watch (via Ad-Aware)
Norton SystemWorks 2005
every game I own &
41 gig of the 120 free
it still boots in 25 seconds. Now I don't know if that is as fast as the 3.6 Ghz 7700, but either way, it is fast to me.
I can't talk about Benchmarks, but real world is shaving 1/2 the time off of your boot and almost 60% of installation. I never timed game loads or installations. But if one of the none Raid 7700 (configred like mine) would like to run some comparisions, we may be able to tell.
This is not to bash anyone who doesn't like RAID 0, it is only to say the benchmarks on the Anandtech don't do the real world justice.
Is there anyone else out there who went from a non Raid SATA array to a RAID 0 Array and is disappointed by the results?
Although it's nothing to brag about, but I figured someone might ask, the home built is config'd:
P4 2.8 Ghz, 800 MHz FSB
MSI NEO 865PE FISR 2
1 Gig (2x512) Kingston Hyper X
400 (2x200) Gig Raid 0 - Maxtor Plus 7200 rpm
ATI AiW 9800 Pro
Antec TruePower 430W
Just my opinion