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About Marhier

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  • Birthday 1985-09-17

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  • Gender
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Occupation
    Senior Buyer


  • CPU
    i7 3770k @ 4.6Ghz
  • Motherboard
    Asus Maximus V Extreme
  • RAM
    16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum (2,666Mhz)
  • GPU
    Asus Strix GTX 1080Ti
  • Case
    HAF X nVidia Edition
  • Storage
    120GB Samsung 850 Evo, 1TB Crucial MX300, 2 x 12TB Seagate BarraCuda Pros (RAID-0) & 6TB WD HDD
  • PSU
    Corsair RM1000i
  • Display(s)
    ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q
  • Cooling
    Corsair H100i
  • Keyboard
    Logitech MK270
  • Mouse
    A4 Tech V7 Bloody Multicore Gaming Mouse
  • Operating System
    Windows 10

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  1. Marhier

    Span vs. Raid 0 for Gaming?

    Hello again. Just thought I'd post an update! So I installed every game I own through Steam, Origin, UPlay, Oculus, Windows Store and non client games. It came to a whopping......... 5TB (just under, lol). So after that, I decided to install the 151 games my friend shares with me that I don't have in my own library. That bumped me up to....... 6TB (just under, lol). So you were right, I could have installed all of that on one drive, still had half left and put the 2nd 12TB drive in RAID1. I'm now sat with roughly 17TB of storage remaining. I doubt I'll change it now as I've installed everything; I honestly thought the amount of games I had to install would take me to at least 10TB... Turns out I could install all of that twice and still have space left over, lol! Note: The downside to installing 475 games on Steam is the magnitude of updates every time I log in, lol! Usually only takes a minute as the majority of updates are tiny, but I feel compelled to clear the download list every time it finishes! Anyway... Lesson learned. At least I have RAID0 petformance, which has been pretty damn good to be honest, haha! Thanks. Regards Marhier!
  2. Marhier

    Span vs. Raid 0 for Gaming?

    No idea, lol... I'll find out soon enough and report back! I have just under 400 games, they vary in size from 2GB to 75+GB. I'm working on the theory that it will probably take between 10-12TB (400 x 25GB | 400 x 30GB respectively as an average) though it'll probably be more like 8-9TB. As I mentioned originally, I'd rather have loads of space left over for the future. You're probably right - I should have done it via Windows... If ever it fails and I do have to do it again, maybe I'll choose that option. This time round, I've gone for performance. What can I say, I'm glutton for punishment! You're not wrong, it would suck, but I'm willing to have it happen once and learn the hard way. I think if I get a drive failure and I have to do it again, I'll probably do what you suggested and have two separate drives and split the games alphbetically. Thank you for you advice though, I've learned a lot from this process. I will report back! Regards Marhier! \m/
  3. Marhier

    Span vs. Raid 0 for Gaming?

    I do have an SSD for my boot, yeah; a 120GB 850 EVO My PC isn't used for much else other than gaming and music production, so have a minimal amount of programs installed on my boot drive; it hasn't really moved from 70GB free for a long time. I have a 6TB drive for my data storage/movies/images/documents etc... I keep the important files backed up on an external drive every month or so. The 24TB of storage I have now, I only want for gaming. I ended up managing to RAID-0 the two new drives via the BIOS; plugging them both into Intel SATA ports solved the issue I mentioned above. I've tested Windows RAID-0 and BIOS RAID-0 using CrystalDiskMark and it seems the BIOS RAID-0 performs 15-20% better. As I requested above - if anyone knows what the actual difference is between doing RAID-0 via the BIOS or via Windows - I'd still like some advice on it. Thank you. Needless to say, I'm fairly happy with how I've set this up and the performance I'm getting from it. I'm fully under way installing my games... I've made it through A-C so far, lol. \m/ Regards, Marhier.
  4. Marhier

    Span vs. Raid 0 for Gaming?

    So I realised one hard drive was plugged into an ASMedia SATA controller and the other was plugged into an Intel one. This explains why my BIOS wasn't picking up both drives when looking at the Intel Rapid Storage section of the BIOS on the Maximus V Extreme. I haven't tested it yet, but will do so when I get back from work - I'm assuming this will solve my problem and allow me to set up the RAID-0 via the BIOS. I am still interested though as to what the difference is between doing RAID-0 via the BIOS or via Windows: Aren't both methods technically software RAIDs? Is it more taxing on my CPU & RAM to do it via Windows? I've looked online and can't seem to find a straight answer. Any advice on the matter would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Regards Marhier. \m/
  5. Marhier

    Span vs. Raid 0 for Gaming?

    Yeah, it's only games that are going on there, nothing important. That was my next question - what's the difference between doing RAID-0 via the BIOS and setting up a Stripped Volume in Windows? I have a Maximus V Extreme (Z77 chipset) motherboard and struggled to set up my RAID-0 there... I could see the drives, but when viewing them in the Intel section of the settings, it only showed one drive and when I selected it to view the details, it just said it wasn't part of the RAID family or something to that description. I ended up doing it via Windows 10 - figured it's doing exactly the same thing as if I did it via the BIOS? I'm assuming the only difference is, if my Windows gets corrupted, I'd lose the ability to read the array if I have to reinstall Windows? From what I understand there's no performance hit doing it via Windows Storage Spaces? All help appreciated. Thank you. Regards Marhier.
  6. Marhier

    Span vs. Raid 0 for Gaming?

    Ignore that last comment, I see what you mean now. You mean it would only double up my smallest drive - so if I had a 100GB drive and a 200GB drive, I'd only get 200GB (2 x 100GB). This shouldn't be a problem, as I have two identical 12TB HDDs. RAID-0 I think it is then Regards Marhier
  7. Marhier

    Span vs. Raid 0 for Gaming?

    I thought if I used a spanned volume, a failure would only impact the the data on the failed drive, as they don't get filled up simultaniously? Doesn't RAID-0 do the same as spanned and combine the space of two drives together, just splits the data between the two? I thought RAID-1 was where it would create a partition as big as the smallest capacity and mirror the data? I'm after a single 24TB HDD, over 2 x 12TB drives. Regards Marhier.
  8. Marhier

    Span vs. Raid 0 for Gaming?

    Like 400, lol.
  9. Hey everyone Last Friday, I bought a 12TB Seagate BarraCuda Pro with a view install every game I own... Saturday morning comes and I think to myself if I do that, I probably wont have much space left for anything else... So I bought another one, which arrives today. I'm trying to decide whether to span the drives, or set them up in RAID-0 - just after some opinions really. I'm torn because I understand the risk of having a RAID-0 set up - if one fails, I lose everything, which would be annoying if I wanted to play a game. On the other hand, all my games are in the cloud, so can just download again. I'm leaning towards a span set up... Are the benefits to RAID-0 that significant for gaming; I've never had a RAID-0 set up before? Appreciate any advice. Ta. Regards Marhier! \m/
  10. Marhier

    New 1TB SSD Issue Perhaps?

    I've contacted Amazon who are sending me a replacement; should arrive on Monday. If the problem continues, is there anything that stands out as to what I've done wrong; is there a particular way to have a second SSD set up as a mass storage - are there particular SATA 3 ports I need to connect it to? I've attached a picture of my motherboard, pointing out where I've connected all 4 of my drives. Many thanks. Regards Marhier
  11. Marhier

    New 1TB SSD Issue Perhaps?

    Lol... I thought as much... I will certainly do that next... Was just interested if I've done something wrong in setting it up. Weird that using it to transfer files I have no issues... Why would it only be in games do you think? Appreciate it. Regards Marhier
  12. Marhier

    New 1TB SSD Issue Perhaps?

    Hi everyone. Long time viewer of the channel - new comer to the LTT forum. I'll start by letting you know my specs, as people usually ask when dealing with hardware issues. Mobo: Asus Maximus V Extreme CPU: i7 3770k @ 4.6Ghz Cooling: Corsair H100i RAM: 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum @ 2133Mhz GPU: GTX 1080 Ti PSU: Corsair AX1200 Boot Drive (SSD): 120GB Samsung 850 Evo Games Drive (SSD): 1TB Crucial MX300 Storage 1 (HDD): 3TB WD HDD Storage 2 (HDD): 1tb WD HDD Note: All drives are plugged in via SATA 3 6GB Pioneer BR Drive OS: Windows 10 (installed on 120GB SSD) So my issue is as follows: The 1TB SSD is new... I literally just bought it (Black Friday \m/), plugged it in, booted to windows, went to disk manager and activated the disk. After that, I installed some games to it via Steam & Origin, went to play, got to the main menu or adjust settings screen of any game and my computer just shuts down and reboots itself automatically every time... Can't even get into playing a game! Automatially I thought perhaps it's a driver issue. As a first point of call, I just thought "sod it, I'll just do a fresh install of Windows... Install all drivers... Nice and clean" Doing that proved useless as the problem sustained. My next thought was - it could also be a PSU issue... But everything was fine before the 1TB SSD went in and I look after my PC very well. I thought before I test using a friend's PSU, I'll just move a game to the old HDD I had as a games drive and unplug the new 1TB SSD. After doing that, my PC is no longer shutting down and games run no problem. If someone could offer any advice here, it would be greatly appreciated. Have I set up the new SSD wrong; is it conflicting with the SSD I have as my boot drive (remembering the days of Master & Slave pins)? Does it just sound like a faulty SSD - I mean it transfers files just fine, speeds are good. I don't think it's because my PSU is insufficient... The new SSD is replacing an old 400GB HDD, so I've got no more drives in there than I had before. This has literally baffled me. Thanks in advance. Kind regards Marhier