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Okay so I currently have a WD5001AALS as my only drive and I was dabbling with the idea of snagging a SSD for boot/progs/games and keeping the 500GB as storage, but it is just too costly for me at the moment.

So I had a thought, I previously had two 250GB WD's in RAID0 on an old rig and would not mind returning to such a setup.

Out of the WD Black line-up, which are the top contenders as far as speed and reliability? Which are RAID0 friendly (Other than the RE drives, too much $$). I've heard the more platters the better, but I'm unaware which drives have multiple platters.

Also, 3GB/s or 6GB/s? I assume that it doesn't matter since HDD's can't even saturate the 3GB's ports, but the drives that are 6GB/s compatible tend to have more cache.

Thanks
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Less platters the better - from back when I read about it (and purchased my 1TB Caviar Blacks) the 1TB was the fastest of the group, and generally the fastest of any conventional hard drive

Most would recommend the Samsung F3's and if I were doing a current build I would go with them as well as the performance difference is very small but the price is significantly cheaper than the Caviar Blacks.

Its always good to go with the newer technology, especially since the 6GB/s are backwards compatible, and could provide a slight performance boost.
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Most would recommend the Samsung F3's and if I were doing a current build I would go with them as well as the performance difference is very small but the price is significantly cheaper than the Caviar Blacks.
Samsung SpinPoint F3 > Caviar Black.
See write throughput and also write access time +read.
Edited by adridu59 - 8/7/11 at 1:13pm
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Less platters the better - from back when I read about it (and purchased my 1TB Caviar Blacks) the 1TB was the fastest of the group, and generally the fastest of any conventional hard drive

Most would recommend the Samsung F3's and if I were doing a current build I would go with them as well as the performance difference is very small but the price is significantly cheaper than the Caviar Blacks.

Its always good to go with the newer technology, especially since the 6GB/s are backwards compatible, and could provide a slight performance boost.
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Samsung SpinPoint F3 > Caviar Black.
See write throughput and also write access time +read.
Those are sequential speeds, which mean squat except for FRAPS recording. As an OS drive, they don't apply at all.

Also, newer WD Blacks had a platter density upgrade, putting them in-line with Samsung F3's, so now the F3's really don't have much of anything that beats a Black... (sequential or access times)

But since we're comparing old benchmarks, even the old WD Blacks beat F3's for most tasks. Take a look at where the WD1001FALS and HD103SJ score. These numbers are in MB/sec.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...gb,2600-7.html








Etc. - the WD Black is soundly ahead of the F3 when it comes to actually doing things. Access times matter a lot more than sequential performance, even though people pay attention to it a lot less.
     
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Hey thanks for the clarification Kramy! I was pretty set on a F3 until you brought all of this info to my attention.

So which WD's are the new ones as far as <1TB (model#)? I assume the FAEX 1TB drive is the new one but it might be a little hard to swallow $90 a drive since I'll be getting two.
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Its always good to go with the newer technology, especially since the 6GB/s are backwards compatible, and could provide a slight performance boost.
You mean that i could use a 6GB drive on my Maximus III Formula?
Here in Brasil I can buy a WD2002FAEX (sataIII) for 30% less then the WD2003FYYS (sataII).... other then beeing 3GB vs 6GB, do they have any difference that justify 30% increase?

Sorry to highjack this post btw by asking something that dont have anything to do with the title.
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Hey thanks for the clarification Kramy! I was pretty set on a F3 until you brought all of this info to my attention.

So which WD's are the new ones as far as <1TB (model#)? I assume the FAEX 1TB drive is the new one but it might be a little hard to swallow $90 a drive since I'll be getting two.
Hmm... less than 1TB? I'm not sure.

I've found that larger drives generally perform better, because they're usually filled with less data. (And the data they're filled with is usually closer together) See, if you have 300GB of games on a 1TB drive or a 500GB drive, at the worst the 1TB only has to seek across 30% of the platter. The 500GB might have to seek across 60% of the platter.

Although the F3 1TB is slower than the WD Black 1TB, if you're considering smaller drives (500/640GB), I'd put it back on the table. Smaller drives can't compete as well with larger ones.

Are you in the US? F3's often come on sale for $50 w/ free shipping. But they never do in Canada.
     
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I was just on newegg browsing, and I spotted the 'spotlight deal' which happened to be for the 1002FAEX drive which is now $75 for the time being.

My only concern is this, if I plan on running whichever drives I get in RAID0 I want something with the best reliability (I'm aware all manufacturers have their fair share of DOA's). But I notice that it seems that the FAEX is quite susceptible to faulty build quality. Also just to give background info, I might have the worst luck when it comes to hard drives because I always end up having to RMA a drive every build I've done.

Should I take the chance on the FAEX regardless of it's possible sub-par lifespan or are the F3's much more reliable? If the F3's are better as far as build quality and consistency, they might be a better choice.
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My faex worked right out of the packing (I would say box, but it was oem and not in a box (-. I love the drive. I am currently waiting for the 2TB or 1.5TB to go on sale again Last sales I saw had the 1.5TB at 79.99 and the 2TB at 129.99, however both of them came at the wrong time compared to a paycheck so I missed them. I believe the larger drives perform better simply because of more spare space with the same amount of data loaded.
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Looking at that chart, it makes me laugh seeing as the 2Tb WB Black RE4 is nearly on par with the 600Gb VR, and offers almost 4x the space

Go for the largest drive with the least amount of platters.
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