You can get almost the same boot time on "regular" HDD - if you are not afraid to use beta-quality software. Boot Cooler (www.bootcooler.com). But, unlike SSD, it will not accelerate application launches after system boot.
On the last page you said you are running Windows 9- is this article set in the future?
I think it would be helpful if you would go more into the driver side of things. Don't you have to load RAID drivers partway through the Windows install procedure? Do you need to specifically set the BIOS to use AHCI?
Do the latest Intel storage drivers support the TRIM command for SSDs? When I was setting mine up a couple weeks ago I thought that I read they did not, and that if you wanted TRIM support you needed to stick with the Windows drivers.
Not sure if the drives used in this article support TRIM, so maybe not an issue...
This article sums it up, I got the same reaction to the amazing speed of the SSD drives! The X25-m is installed using AHCI before installing Windows 7 and yes from what I heard the newest firmware supports TRIM.
You say "Most SSDs now leave some margin of unallocated space on the drive for spare memory cells and swap space for write operations ... This is why the 64 GB Kingston registers in the BIOS as only having 59.6 GB of capacity that is available to use."
Wrong. 64GB of hard drive maker space (64 billion bytes) equals 59.6GB of real space. A real GB is 1024*1024*1024 = 1073741824 bytes.