SSD drives are narrowing the field, and the evolution of onboard RAID controllers is bringing the performance and safety enhancements of RAID to the casual user, but that still can’t beat the old record holder for fast storage, unless you have gobs of money.  There is nothing like hooking up eight or so 15,000 RPM SAS drives onto a solid hardware RAID.  For example, check out the results that Bjorn3D sees with the LSI MegaRaid and a stack of Seagate Savvio drives.  Seems a little more interesting than a pair VelociRaptors in RAID0, eh?

“Are you ready for some seriously insane RAID action? We know that you are. We have RAID in every flavor that our LSI RAID controller will handle with the drives we have available (10 Seagate Savvio 15K SAS drives). As a point of interest, the LSI MegaRaid controller will also handle SATA drives. We’re going past SATA and right to SAS with its lightning fast access times and spindle speeds up to 15K RPM. RAID, RAID, and more RAID. RAID0, RAID1, RAID5, and RAID6 are on the menu today, so set back and enjoy this feast of RAID.”

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