Thanks and good luck updating your BIOS mod section with input from the overclock.net section
Update: Pros: Once installed, the system ‘feels’ a tiny bit snappier… But only a feeling Cons: - WD SSD are no longer recognized by WD software (also no temp readouts in Samsung Magician software). - Drivers seem to generate somewhat more CPU/system activity and higher temps.
@Safado2 : It is very unlikely, that a Forum member with an X299 chipset mainboard and experience with an Intel RST/RSTe NVMe RAID array will read your post. Maybe it would be better to send a PM to an experienced users with an X299 chipset system. Which Intel RAID module versions are within the BIOS of your mainboard? If there should be an appropriate RST RaidDriver, I suggest to to try it yourself. According to my own experiences the Intel RST v17 platform RAID drivers do support an NVMe RAID0 array consisting of non-Intel NVMe SSDs. Contrary to any pure Software RAID you can even boot off it.
I already own a Samsung 970 evo plus 500GB and I was told that the 1TB version of this SSD model is faster than the 500GB one.
Would it matter much if i get just another Samsung evo plus 500GB SSD? I have read that is good practice to match the same drives specially in raid and ever more when it comes to Raid 0.
It is also a relief that i do not have to buy a VROC key because as far as i understand it is only meant for work with Intel SSDs like the 760p however i ask myself if the 2 Samsung 970 evo plus will be taking advantage of the PCie bus or the DMI, with that said I understood that any Raid SSD that is not Intel will be software based and thus not through the CPU PCIe lanes.
Provided, that you really want to use an Intel RAID0 array as system drive, I recommend to buy another 500GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD. Reason: If you create a RAID0 array consisting of 2 differently sized SSDs, only a part of the bigger sized SSD will be usable for the data storage and transfer.
Generally you should keep in mind, that a RAID0 array will only boost the performance while reading/writing big sized files (the bigger the files, the better is the processing time). During the normal PC usage you may not even realize a performance difference between a single NVMe SSD and 2 of them combined to a RAID0 array. Besides the doubled risk of a complete date loss in case of a corrupted Array member, this is the main reason why I use a RAID array only for test and benchmark purposes and not for my daily work.
A RAID array, which is managed by the on-board Intel RAID Controller, is not a pure Software RAID. Contrary to a RAID array, which has been created from within Windows using the generic MS in-box storage driver, an Intel RAID array is bootable and will give your system a better performance.
Thanks for having done the benchmark comparison tests. Your results indicate, that in your case the sort of connection (M.2 vs. PCIe) has no noticeable impact on the performance. The measured score differences are within the error of measurement margin.