4x 1TB NVME in a striped array
Total price for 4TB: ~ 600$
Note: For this card to work proper your motherboard needs support for PCIe Bifurcation, where you set the x16 slot you’re using into 4 x4 slots (x4x4x4x4). This lets the motherboard talk to the card as if it was four separate x4 PCI-e cards. If your board doesn’t have this feature, you only get the one of the four SSDs working.
Alt.2 - Budget choice
Use the build in RAID-controller
4 x Patriot P210 1TB 2.5" SSD (SATA3 2.5, 520MBS/430MBS) 600TBW?
Total price for 4TB: ~ 360$
Any other ideas? I like to utilize all the 16 cores / 32 threads - but also to keep this build “most bang for my bucks”
Conventional wisdom here is you should use NVMe disks.
I don’t recall anyone doing a head-to-head comparison of NVMe vs SATA SSDs in plotting, but you would at the very least be scratching against the SATA bandwidth cap with 4 plots/disk or more. I would expect you to blow past it, too.
So i went for option #1, still waiting for the NVME drives to arrive, hopefully today.
4x WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD M.2 1TB - Total 440$
4x NVME to PCI-E adapters - Total 20$
I think it will be a quite cost-effective setup if i get i tuned. I plan to run it in my garage so the noice is not a problem, since i want to keep it cost effective, i dont want to spend to much on silent components (like fans, cooler etc). I did not get any 3,5 bays, put in a USB3 card and will attach a few 14TB external discs, using this as a plotter only.