The ASUS ROG Strix B360-G Gaming Review: A Polarizing $100 Motherboard Design

And performance is crucial, including performance-boosting tools such as overclocking features. If true, this would make the latency time reduction of running 3 drives in RAID only 1 order of magnitude instead of the orders shown above. This seems to be a trend among motherboard makers in general, and I'm not the least bit disappointed. Featuring a fortified design that's anchored to the motherboard by a special hook, Safeslot Core provides 1. Most Z motherboards have come with one or two M.

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Not only does this save storage space but also reduces the time required to back up and restore data. The TS transforms how to enjoy your photos, music and videos throughout your home and beyond.

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So where does the extra performance of the 2x come from? The SSD controller will have a fixed number of channels. The GB model just has twice the amount of memory attached to each channel. I believe Intel SSD controllers use 18 channels. I am not sure how many the Samsung controller uses. They wouldn't want to set up the controller to use half the number of channels with the GB model since it would be effectively half the performance. You are not distributing across individual flash die, you are distributing across the channels of the controller.

Twice the amount of flash die doesn't mean twice the performance. Double the number of channels can double the bandwidth though, if there is no bottleneck elsewhere. There does seem to be an effect on write with more flash die, even with the same number of channels. I don't know exactly how this works.

The only real benefit is high IOPS for database interactions. RAID-1 is certainly doable for a pair of drives, and RAID-5 would be the more efficient choice for three we talk about that part on page 3. The reader will have to decide, based on their particular demand on their storage, how high they will be filling the queue this can be monitored in Windows , if the reduction in latency is of benefit to them.

For someone building a computer that'll mainly be used for gaming plus the usual everyday use scenarios, would the addition of a pro provide a noticeably faster experience compared to a SATA ssd such as the Evo or Pro? Other than the increased performance over synthetic benchmarks, you won't see any discernible and tangible differences.

I eventually put that Pro to test against a GB Seagate into my web and database server and found it to be worth it in there with the much lower latency on DB queries and the ability to have more concurrent connections. I think what Allyn and Ryan need to say out right and not have the assumption that readers will just figure out is that we are up against the laws of diminishing returns. So what if you can shave off a few fractions of a second off loading your OS or an application?

I am waiting to see what XPoint has to offer since it is magnitudes faster than current SSD technology. Perhaps it will usher in a newer performance benchmark. Or be a victim of diminishing returns ALL of the M. I play games on my computer and ALL of them are stored on my M. Load your OS onto the M. I would never go back to physical hard drives and or even SSD.

Just make sure that any M. Maybe a long winded answer but M. The space between the required four full length PCIe slots makes it look like it was chosen to fir M. You messed up your graphs - you labeled the x-axis as nanoseconds, when it should be microseconds. Is the 6ns RAID overhead meant to actually be 6 microseconds? Joking aside, it seems kinda weird to be able to save physical space on a board that big which would most likely be put in a roomy case.

Otherwise, very interesting review, great write up! One of the biggest benefits to M. If you only use M. Perhaps this is a silly question, but are the log scales for the graphs on page 4 labeled accurately? The scales jump from nano-scale 1e-9 to milli-scale 1e-3 , but shouldn't the micro-scale 1e-6 be included in-between? If true, this would make the latency time reduction of running 3 drives in RAID only 1 order of magnitude instead of the orders shown above.

I'm surprised that it's not closer to single SSD RAID1 typically does not read data from both drives and then compare to see if they are the same, it will divide the reads across both drives and use the sector CRC's to ensure data integrity and only then will it switch to reading the other drive for the bad sector s. No error checking happens here, but you can tell RST to 'Verify' the array, which will scrub both drivers front to back and compare data.

Those are some pretty impressive iops numbers. This seems an ideal setup for a high core count, write intensive OLTP database system. I'm wondering about the DMI bottleneck though. Thank you very much for taking the time to document and share your findings. You put in a ton of work on this. Thank you for sharing! My wife has been griping her computer is slow and I always get the "good" stuff for myself, which is absolutely true, lol. You answered the questions I had. Raid 5 still works, of course, but slows down considerably when rebuilding.

So, I am a little paranoid about using raid 5 for the C: I use a single SSD C: I obviously am rusty on the latest bios settings terminology, but I have built my own computers for the last 20 years, one every 5 years with the latest stuff, so there is always a learning curve since I do it so seldom and technology changes. Your article helps a Lot. I am about to build a triple M. It was hard to get through some of the technical details but Allyn promised the next page was going to be amazing.

I was expecting a free computer offer or something. For real though amazing details. Really excited about my next build! Great write up and interesting findings. But could future videos have higher depth of field? Only the background TV is in focus. We were trying a new camera for the video and we might not have had all settings tweaked properly.

Wow, amazing storage review! I'm trying to decide whether to go or mSATA single gb. Three way RAID 's is a different universe of performance. Love the new latency visuals. Ryan, should let Allyn keep this setup make that a Patreon theshold. No Patreon needed on this one. Perhaps slightly out of context for this article, but can anyone comment on how this config would affect an SLI installation? I believe that 3 M. Which would have priority to the PCIE lanes or is it all multiplexed somehow?

This uses PCIe from the chipset. You will lose all of the SATA ports off the chipset to do this. This will take PCIe 15 to 26 from the chipset. I don't know if this board supports 3-way CrossFire by using an x4 from the chipset.

That would run into bandwidth limitations due to the link between the CPU and the chipset. It isn't really relevant anyway. I am not sure what applications you would be running at home to really stress this set-up at all.

What you'd you be running to stress this set-up and your graphics system at the same time? Actually, it is only 20 PCIe lanes from the chipset. Using 3 x4 m. If it was drivepool kind of setup then fine, but it's not.

NVMe doing great in R1 or Basically if you value your SSD all parity based Raid levels are out of the window. Even in enterprise environment SSD parity arrays are rarely encountered. And all of that with SSDs which cost x more than consumer grade drives.

Plus with RAID, the real issue with failure is effect on cost over time because there is no data loss with a single drive failure. The slight reduction in life from the parity writing is nowhere close to enough to offset that cost savings. The biggest downside is that this board only supports 3 M. Boot of a 'clean' fresh install is essentially the same or in some cases it takes a second or two longer due to different initialization of some BIOS when initializing NVMe devices during boot.

The additional SSDs would keep latency lower during the increased load seen during that boot. Still, we are talking a few seconds time, and that only happens while booting, which is a rare event and why we don't focus on that aspect. Download the Manufacturer User Guide. X Processors with 4 Cores: System Configurator New Arrivals.

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