I don't have a specific link... maybe http://ppbm7.com/index.php/tweakers-page has more... but I am sure that I have read messages saying that you need to use the Samsung PRO line for video editing, since the EVO SSD line has "poor" performance
I would definitely try the media on another drive and see what the performance is. Put the media cache on the Evo when you do that.
For a system that fast, you really should have a minimum of five internal drives.
Plus some type of external backup.
how does it help splitting things up into 5 drives?
OS is on seperate dirve and I assumed that Projects, cache, media, exports can all go onto the other ssd. What is the benefit of spreading it out over other drives like that? I do have another standard drive (WD Black 2tb 7200) for storage purposes.
Thats weird. I am planning to buy the same motherboard and CPU. The tweakers page http://ppbm7.com/index.php/tweakers-page/86-do-s-and-don-ts/97-do-s-and-don-t-s says the partition of drives is not needed.
Did you check your graphic card clock frequency (may be overclock it to 900 mhz)?
The system has it's strong points, like CPU, video card and memory, all more than capable to handle your editing needs, but it also has one weak point, and that is the disk setup.
You have only two physical disks (SSD's). However, the EVO series is pretty weak in writing speed and when combining a lot of activities on a single disk, projects, media, media cache, previews and exports, that single SSD can easily be choked and become the bottleneck of your system.
In addition, you should 'tune' your system: Tweakers Page - Tuning Guide
Issues - while playing the timeline at full res (DSLR HD footage) it still stalls at times. I thought this set up would shred through footage and be able to handle much more with no sweat.
Is there really any need to have the playback resolution set to full resolution? I rarely have found any need to do that.
I would run Crystal Disk on your setup and see if you are getting full performance from you SSD's. I have been setting up a similar system and I'm finding my motherboard's drive controller is the limiting factor. Even though the board has Sata3 ports and Sata3 drives and cables, I am still getting Sata 2 speeds from my SSD's. I am considering adding a ROC card from LSI or Areca to allow my drives to stretch out.
Does anyone have experience with these RAID controllers?
I'm running OS on one SSD, have two additional SSDs for source and caching, plus a couple of ram cached 3TB HDD drives for working storage capacity.
The multiple drive setup works pretty well, but I'm sure it would work better if the drives were allowed to open up to their spec'd perforance limits.
I want to buy a PCI 3.0 controller with a big fat pipe - does anyone recommend a specific ROC?
Yes, I have an older Areca ARC-1880. It is only PCIe v2 so it is not as good as the newer ARC-1882 controllers. I have a RAID 0 setup with 4 Samsung Pro 256 GB drives and it limits the total transfer rate. Here are the great Read and Write rates. If I had the newer PCIe version 3 motherboard and controller it probably would even be better. Since it is RAID 0 I only use it for temporary current editing project storage, but it sure is nice. When and if I go to a current or future computer it probably will have a much newer Areca. Only the Areca controllers have RAID 3 and 6 which are preferred by many for video editing with redundancy
I'm assuming your 4 SSD RAID is internal. Have you played around with any JBOD Enclosures? I've been debating one, but I'm mostly concerned about optimizing the I/O path with multiple drives (that I want to run a full speed). Do you find with running a RAID you still need to split the I/O path between drives for source, cache, OS and destination drive?
As well, are you aware of any motherboard compatability issues with Areca cards? It is an issue if you have an x79 board?
Who did you purchase your Areca card from? I'm finding none of my usual tech suppliers carry these cards.
With a large, fast RAID, there is no reason to split the I/O path.
Regarding MB compatibility with Areca cards, I am not aware of any and have used them in Gigabyte, Asus, and even Dell workstations (T5600 and T76000 dual Xeon boards).
I've always purchased my Areca cards from Newegg, but Tekram (www.tekram) carries the full line as well and seems to be closely related to the Areca corporate office in Taiwan. In fact, Areca's support email address in the USA is firstname.lastname@example.org!
This is what I use for my internal SSD array. It is a Supermicro Mobile Rack with a single height 5.25" slot form factor for the four drives. They also offer a dual height unit that holds 8 drives. I remove the fan as the SSD's have much lower power dissapation than the Hard Drives, you have to change a jumper position to turn off the alarm.
You get a special cable with it that is a "4-LANE SAS TO SATA CROSS-OVER 50CM" it fans out the single rear connector to four individual internal SATA connectors. If you get an RAID controller like Areca you will have to order a different cable as the Areca and LSI RAID controllers have mutiple 4 channel connectors.