Yes but he doesn't know the meaning ;-)
All kidding aside, RAID 0 is mostly useless for a desktop except when you need extreme sequential transfer speed xhich most people don't. Separate disks is usually faster. I've got VM's on 3 disks (no RAID) and my system loads faster than when those VM's are on a RAID 0 - i checked just for fun - and loading 3 VM's at once should benefit from RAID 0, right? I also used a RAID 0 and RAID 1 on a test machine (HP DL360 G6, dual Xeon 5550, 12 GB RAM, 2 x 72 GB 15k 2.5" SATA). Wel, VMware ESX 4 didn't seem to care too much: it started equally fast on either array. Same for Server 2008 SP2. And that's with a decent RAID controller, not some chipset integrated thing or cheapo add-in card.
As far as the Tweakers.net article is concerned, it isn't realistic by any means. No reasonable amount of people use their pc in a way that would make RAID 0 beneficial so you can basically dismiss the article. RAID 0 doesn't help the typical desktop user. Period. Or do you really care about a boot time that increases a few seconds at best?
Cavicchi, I don't want to be rude but it's clear that you're not a very technical person yet you insist on discussing something that you don't understand. You put too much trust in what some "enthousiasts" say, all too often people who don't let reality stand in the way of their opinions and irrelevant benchmarks.
True, I am not a technical wizard, although I did build my own computer. Anyway, there are "technical" people who say RAID 0 is for desktop use--period. They advise using it--period. The guy from that Tweak.net article does not agree with you. "I can image a lot of situations where RAID would improve the performance of a 'standard' desktop pc. Think about: starting up windows, copying files, loading games." --author
Aside from boot-up time, he mentions copying files, which I do a lot of, and loading games, well, I do have two games that load from Program Files--not CD.
All I know is there are people who say RAID 0 is great and there are those who say it does nothing major in the way of improvement. I never tried RAID 0 so I don't have any real knowledge to give based on my experience. However, Intel does suggest to install RAID driver even if not initially going to RAID so the option will be there without having to reinstall the OS. Now, if one is so certain that he/she would never install RAID, then there is no need to fuss with a RAID driver.
There is also AHCI that some say does nothing significant and some say it does. All this talk about RAID 0 is very subjective based on the individuals who have experience with it--and some say yes and some say no. Do I need it? Maybe I would and maybe I don't. I have lived without RAID all my life, except when I used RAID to kill bugs.