SSD is great!
I have found a couple of models to avoid for streaming applications however:
About a year ago I picked up several of these on sale. In two different systems (one AMD, one Intel), and with several different SATA 3 and 2 hosts tried in both machines, they just do NOT like streaming applications. They don’t seem to like hosting system page files either (fast but noticeable intermittent pauses when the OS starts swapping memory from disk, of the sort I do not get when using other drives…even old platter drives!).
I have NOT tried them in any sort of raid. So this is just based on typical AHCI and IDE setups (tried both where possible…AHCI and direct IDE drivers).
The PNY drives pass the latency tests with flying colors, but VST plugins that do a lot of D2D streaming get tons of ‘disk loss’ errors, which amounts to pops, clicks, and dropouts. Tried finding different drivers/firmware and such, but no luck. The same (trouble) apps work fine from other types and brands of drives…even those ancient SATA2 Raptors on an SATA 2 host.
I’ll still get my money’s worth from the PNY drives, launching apps and loading non-streaming stuff from them. They’re nice and quick for launching an app, or loading a memory resident type of data file. They’re just horrible for streaming or hosting any sort of memory-swap-pagefiles though
In contrast, I have several Samsung drives of different sizes. 830 and 840 models. These drives do very well so far with anything I want to throw at them.