SSD's RAID 0 on Precison Laptop

We are looking to replace some of our Dell Precision laptops that are used to run Autodesk Civil 3D.  Would having SSD's in RAID 0 make it noticeably faster when opening and working on CAD files over the network?  Not sure if the cost is worth the performance boost.


Thanks,

cja
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
A very fast SSD will make overall startup much faster and startup for any application faster.

Disk access will be faster but CPU will be the same.

Run Resource Monitor (Windows Admin Tools) and track Autodesk CPU and Disk for 15 minutes or so to help you determine how much operation disk impact there might be.

All that said, any laptop today should have a fast SSD drive as its main drive:  500 GB or more.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
>>  Would having SSD's in RAID 0 make it noticeably faster when opening and working on CAD files over the network?

No.  The bottleneck is the network not the local storage.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If the server is fast and the network Gigabit, then there should be some improvement. Certainly starting Autodesk (which I assume to be local) will be much faster than from a hard drive.
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Wayne88Commented:
If the question is relating to a network application then the bottleneck is the network speed as stated by dbrunton above which will always be slower than local storage access.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Definitely no. SSD speeds are better than network speeds.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
I also agree that with the bottleneck being the network it will not be faster.  Perhaps putting the SSD on the server can improve things..
I also would NEVER use RAID 0 in production.. any drive hiccups and you lose everything.
Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
Doubtful that it would make any difference. The most probably bottleneck is the LAN, make sure it is running Gigabit, all the way from the laptop to the file server. Poor cabling will sometimes drop to 100Mb.

Don't even bother with wireless if you need serious speed.
nobusCommented:
can you copy a project to the local disk, and run that, to compare over the network?
that should give you a fair idea
cja-tech-guyAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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