SAM­SUNG 960 PROS (2X512GB&1X2TB), SAM­SUNG 850 PRO (2X 2TB)

Maximum PC - - DREAM MACHINE 2017 -

For our OS stor­age, we knew we wanted some­thing a lit­tle faster than your stan­dard M.2 PCIe SSD, and right now, the only way to achieve that is by RAIDing two, al­ready pow­er­ful, PCIe drives. Al­though, with X299, you can in­vest in In­tel’s on-pro­ces­sor RAID tech­nol­ogy for a fee, it is, un­for­tu­nately, locked to its 600p drives, which, to be frank, pale in com­par­i­son to the likes of Sam­sung’s 960 Pros. The chipset, how­ever, still sup­ports RAID 0,1, 5, and 10, so the so­lu­tion was sim­ple: two 512GB Sam­sung 960 Pros in RAID 0 for the OS. On top of that, we can pro­vide an ad­di­tional 2TB of stan­dard PCIe stor­age for any other pro­grams or games we want.

For me­dia stor­age, we de­cided to up the ante a lit­tle more, and opted for two, now al­most an­cient, 2TB Sam­sung 850 Pro 2.5-inch SSDs. We’ve set these up in RAID 0 again, to cap­i­tal­ize on that ad­di­tional speed, and will be back­ing up all 7TB of stor­age on to our 10TB mir­rored HDD ar­ray.

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