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Thank you, just proved my point. I have 2 of the F3's in a RAID0. I know what they're capable of. They're a great budget drive. But the WD Black 1TB and bigger drives ARE faster for general use. The F3's tend to be faster for storage.
i use the F3Rs so they are as much a budget drive as his Caviar cause they cost the same but they are slightly different than the normal f3s. If you looked at the last page at the boot times you will see that for booting vista and crysis they have the same time, so i would recommend paying almost half as much for the f3s though the caviars are much better at random read

as a side note i have nothing against the cav blacks, just do not think they make up for the price difference from the normal f3s
Edited by Razzal - 5/4/11 at 10:45pm
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i use the F3Rs so they are as much a budget drive as his Caviar cause they cost the same but they are slightly different than the normal f3s. If you looked at the last page at the boot times you will see that for booting vista and crysis they have the same time, so i would recommend paying almost half as much for the f3s though the caviars are much better at random read

as a side note i have nothing against the cav blacks, just do not think they make up for the price difference from the normal f3s
Oh, I certainly don't think that they offer enough performance increase to cover the cost increase either. That's why I have 2x F3's in a RAID0, that I paid $99 shipped for. Point being though, he's already got one 1TB Black. If he wants a mechanical drive upgrade, it would make more sense to just grab one more of those for RAID0, instead of 2x F3's, and have slower performance (slightly).

But the random read and access times...that's what makes the Black's the faster drive for general use (which is what I said). Faster access time / random read = faster feeling drive.

The F3's are great for storage due to the faster sequential read and write speeds, and their nice price tag. They're not BAD at random reads or access times either. Just not quite as good as the Caviar Black.
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My 3D vantage was just over 22000 at all stock clocks.

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my score as my system is currently is 25,443 but i am overclocked at 4.4ghz and have HT disabled. I am going to put it at stock and see what it is
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Well I am at the point that if Going RAID is going to help a lot I will do it with the right drive. I would reinstall everything on a new one if I had to. I wanted to get a 120gb SSD but they are over 900 for the good ones I being told about some were around 500 but I was told there is a big difference between SSD makers. There are 120g SSD for under 300 but everyone I asked said they will not be that good in terms of speed. Maybe I was being lied to in order to sell a more expensive item.

Also I have no idea how to set up a RAID and what type of RAID to setup.
post #15 of 25
for performance you would want raid 0 and on your board it really should be a snap.

I also have an asus board and all i had to do was (read my post here)
Just go to asus site, download raid controllers for your board(or use your motherboard disk but i would go to site just to make sure you have the newest. Go into bios set drives the hd setting to raid install drives and at some point during your load into windows you will see a screen that will tell you what keys to hit to enter raid setup for mine it is ctl+I and put them in raid 0 i went with 128 for stripe size
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My 3D vantage was just over 22000 at all stock clocks.
at stock i was just shy of 26000 though i think my 580 is a little better than your card so it probably affects it
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Ya I am not sure my card or my spu is performing properly. My heaven 2.5 score at 1920x1080 is a best of 1093. OC'd to 950/1450 it was 1120. I am not sure where to look for a bottleneck. I tried the performance mode in the bios that will OC the system in Turbo to 4.4gh but that made no difference at all.

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at stock i was just shy of 26000 though i think my 580 is a little better than your card so it probably affects it
post #18 of 25
$900 for a SSD? Try around $200 for a 120GB or $100 for a 60GB. Just get a Vertex 2, Agility 2, or Calisto Enhanced Deluxe.
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Ya I am not sure my card or my spu is performing properly. My heaven 2.5 score at 1920x1080 is a best of 1093. OC'd to 950/1450 it was 1120. I am not sure where to look for a bottleneck. I tried the performance mode in the bios that will OC the system in Turbo to 4.4gh but that made no difference at all.
i wouldnt use their performance mode, i would do it yourself. Right now i am at 4.4ghz at like 1.28v. http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1803050
(without hyper threading since it does squat for gaming)

I turn hyper threading back on when i am encoding and decoding and for benches usually
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depending on what you are doing you may not really need a super super fast hd or ssd. If you are mainly gaming then the performance boost is minimal. I use my vertex 2 for boot(sooo fast), my other ssd for rift and wow and then everything else i do is on my raid.

So really what i am trying to say is that sure you may get bigger numbers in benches(i mean who doesnt love that) but if you are gaming its not worth it as much, imo.

I notice slight gains in rift and wow and thats only when i am loading into game or into a zone, otherwise gameplay is all the same.
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