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The RAID 0 testing revealed some interesting things, the first thing that caught our attention was the discrepancy of synthetic versus the real world type tests. For raw data transfer the RAID array allows the SSDs to really rip. Keep in mind that you will never see a 100% scaling by adding a second drive but we did see some very good results from it. For example HDTune 3.5 gained 150MB/sec read which is easily a 75% gain over the single drive. On the flip side there were some applications actually ran slower with two drives. The performance was still there and the differences were minimal at best.
And now for the ever popular lists of good things and bad things
Much smaller than 3.5" HDDs
No heat dump
Very fast read as well as write performance
High quality construction
Small capacity limits applications
Pricey compared to much larger traditional HDDs
Requires adapters to mount in the majority of cases