Wow, dhanson865, that's a lot of information, thank you very much for taking your time to write it.
Indeed, I have never used Raid, so please forgive my ignorance regarding the Raid1 performance with dissimilar drives.
Your explanation of the Raid1 performance in the first post is very good, and I'm sure other SPCR dwellers will appreciate it too.
If I understand correctly, if I would use a 256GB C300 drive and a 256GB Indilinx based drive, then there wouldn't be much of a capacity loss.
This is in contrast with using a 160GB Intel as the second drive, where the capacity loss would be at least 90GB, and I would feel sooo robbed.
There could be a problem with Raid, that the TRIM command wouldn't work? Maybe because TRIM requires the M$ AHCI drivers, and those don't support Raid?
The problem could get worse if the 'SSD Optimizer', or whatever the stand-alone trimmers are named, can't work in a Raid configuration with two different drives.
I may be wrong on this, as I said before I never used Raid, so please be gentle.
Regarding your second post, I had read those Anandtech articles before starting this thread, and I'm still in doubt about the reliability of older slower drives.
WD may be just talking BS when claiming their new SSD drives are slow because they are much more reliable.
I am using WD (spinning) drives in my main computer, backup computer and a WD passport, so I don't bash WD.
It's possible that the reduced reliability due to firmware bugs only applies to drives with cache? In which case is there a cache-less drive that's not rubbish speed-wise?
PS. After reading again the latest review at Anandtech, about the SiliconEdge Blue, and comparing the performance with other jMicron 618 drives, well... it seems WD engineers did a good job, because other implementations of JM 618 are a bit slower. But the decision to use JM instead of Barefoot or Marvell is quite strange if WD expect to sell those drives at a premium. Probably the bean-counters are to blame.
PS2. I noticed your hints: "I'd gladly take as many as you can give me..." and "Again I'll take every one you can send me...".
I do appreciate the time you spent writing the valuable information in your above posts, but I'm afraid I can't afford to reward you with a SSD drive.