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Hey guys!

So for my system build, I built a sandy bridge based PC (See Build Log in sig). I put a SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 in the system for the first drive. Now I have the money to put a second HDD in the system for RAID0, however I looked for the identical drive, and it's discontinued.

Since I can't instal an identical drive, I believe the best choice would be a Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5, since it has identical stats:

500GB
16MB Cache
7200RPM
8.9ms Seek
4.2ms Latency

Can someone confirm this choice for me, or suggest another drive? I like WD's reputation.

Thanks guys!
     
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I have been doing some research on RAID and from what I have found, in the real would, especially using onboard RAID it simply doesn't help. The RAID algorithms are not that great currently so the benefit from a RAID 0 already isn't very much, but when you also throw in the facts that with on board RAID the processor is the one doing the work it makes it almost nothing. Personally I would just get the 2nd drive as a second drive, and if you really want that speed either get a SSD or a velociraptor.
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I have been doing some research on RAID and from what I have found, in the real would, especially using onboard RAID it simply doesn't help. The RAID algorithms are not that great currently so the benefit from a RAID 0 already isn't very much, but when you also throw in the facts that with on board RAID the processor is the one doing the work it makes it almost nothing. Personally I would just get the 2nd drive as a second drive, and if you really want that speed either get a SSD or a velociraptor.
which is why I have faster boot times, faster loading programs right?
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OP I'd go for a WD Black 500GB rather than a Blue if you can. I believe the WD Black series is closer to the F3 series in terms of performance... at least with the 1TB+ models.

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I have been doing some research on RAID and from what I have found, in the real would, especially using onboard RAID it simply doesn't help. The RAID algorithms are not that great currently so the benefit from a RAID 0 already isn't very much, but when you also throw in the facts that with on board RAID the processor is the one doing the work it makes it almost nothing. Personally I would just get the 2nd drive as a second drive, and if you really want that speed either get a SSD or a velociraptor.


Single 500GB AAKS


Two in RAID0 (ICH10R onboard controller)


How can you say onboard RAID0 has no benefit?
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Like this?

The cache size on the 500GB Caviar Black is 32MB, does that mean that the Cache will me limited to 16MB since the Spinpoint F3 is 16MB?
     
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I wouldn't normally bump so early, but I have my finger on the "Submit Order" button ready to order. Can anyone chime in on that HDD link above?
     
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hmmm, i did some looking up.

-so your cache will be limited down to 16mbs from what i could find (lowers down to the lowest cache in the array)

-And the wd black 500gb is much closer to you f3 500gb performance then the WD blue. The blues were around 80-95mb/s where the f3 and black where closer to 100-115mb/s
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Thanks, DNytAftr! Guess I should press that Submit Order button, my finger is getting hot!
     
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I agree you should get a WD black, not blue.
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Thanks, DNytAftr! Guess I should press that Submit Order button, my finger is getting hot!
anytime, goodluck! enjoy your new raid array
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