Old 11-13-2016, 03:40 AM   #1
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Hi, sorry I'm asking a lot of tech questions here, but in #hardware they won't really understand the needs of a DAW user.

So as far as streaming samples, would I get better random-read performance by buying a 1tb Evo 960, or buying a 500gb and 250gb Evo 960? The 1 TB would have higher IOPS and SLC cache, so would that outweigh the benefits of having a separate OS and samples drive?

http://www.anandtech.com/show/10698/...o-m2-pcie-ssds
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Old 11-21-2016, 08:03 AM   #2
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Hi, sorry I'm asking a lot of tech questions here, but in #hardware they won't really understand the needs of a DAW user.

So as far as streaming samples, would I get better random-read performance by buying a 1tb Evo 960, or buying a 500gb and 250gb Evo 960? The 1 TB would have higher IOPS and SLC cache, so would that outweigh the benefits of having a separate OS and samples drive?

http://www.anandtech.com/show/10698/...o-m2-pcie-ssds
Go for the larger SSD because the smaller ones have shorter lifetime and performance drastically decreases when they are close to be full.
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Old 11-21-2016, 12:10 PM   #3
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If you're concerned about I/O performance, I'd go with three to five of the small ones in a Raid-0 array. You'll get 0 fault tolerance in that setup, so if you wreck one disk, you lose everything, but it will move bits to and from disk faster than anything else you can come up with. It's a shitty solution for long term or working storage, but for temporary "session" storage it's great.

Set up a striped set for active work sessions, and a more HA volume (Raid-5, etc..) for longer term storage.
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