I feel like an idiot after my previous comments. I have to tell you guys that I just could not get myself away from the RAID topic. I bought the disks with RAIDing in my heart and after they arrived I learned from you guys here that booting with this kind of configuration has proven to be more trouble than it is worth
in the long run.
Anyway, I just had to put these two disks together to see what happens and study the whole topic and get some experience with it.
I raided the disks together for the first time so I can say I am no longer a Raid virgin. Summary of what I learned:
1) WD Caviar Black Win7 boot time was 103 seconds (orig system)
2) SSD boot time after reinstall timed out to be 13.8 seconds
3) Raid of 2-SSD boot time was between 26-28 seconds for stripe sizes of 4,8,16,128k.
4) Makes no sense to stripe less than 16KB
5) Interesting that the raid throughput sums up to the sum of the specs of the disk in this case.
6) Windows experience index went from 5.9 to 7.9 from a single boot SSD to a Raided pair.
Above left is the throughput comparison of the SSDs raided together with separate Read and separate Write comparison of the 4 stripe sizes. This tells me the optimum stripe size (for these tests) would be 16KB. There is no advantage striping less than 16 from a througput standpoint and if you did, your CPU appears to become more and more stressed.
Above right is what the CPU looked like during the tests. Splitting hairs tells me just what I was expecting to see. The smaller the stripe size the more work your CPU has to do. (Note: My I860 has 4 physical + 4 Virtual CPUs so you see 8 boxes)
Finally, an example of 16KB stripe size for those that are interested. I am not passing this information out to brag... just giving out my notes which may have value to others.