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hey guys, i know that the Raptor is........... a beast with the 10k RPM, and i know that putting HD's in raid has also a big increase in performance. The delima is that the raptor is a leg's worth, while raid only costs a finger. My question is, Which would be better, a 74GB Raptor (And JUST the raptor.. maybe with a 60gb hard drive.) OR 2x 80Gig Hard drives in RAID?

Im currently using a 60gig hd and i have about half of it filled, but im having conflicts with it, so this question is arisen. =P

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post #2 of 38
Id say a single Raptor in RAID
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I think two of them new drives would work either better, because a single one is nearly as fast as a raptor. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148144

2 of those would be 500gb for $150, where the raptor would be 74gb for $160.
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o_O no way. lol, and im in canada anyways, no newegg for me... and 250GB is way more than ill ever need. lol

A Seagate B. i dont think performs anywhere near the raptor! lol
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Gack! Canadian person, sry.

http://www.directron.com/st3250620as.html

2 (500bg) for $160, and the raptor would be $165 right here.

The latency is 1ms more on the seagate.
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4 7200 PRM drives in RAID 0 > 2 Raptors > 2 7200RPM drives in RAID 0 > 1 Raptor > 1 7200RPM drive
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im not looking for huge hard drives, so your saying the 2x HD's in raid would outperform the Raptor?
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Ya thats what im interpreting from his post of the comparisions between drives but the difference may not be noticeable in general apps (raptor vs 2 hd's raid-0) but will notice in benchmarks.
    
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"comparisions between drives but the difference may not be noticeable in general apps (raptor vs 2 hd's raid-0) but will notice in benchmarks."

Do you mean like, Firefox, msn, that kinda stuff? Because ive been experiencing 'lag' and i wanted to get that problem fixed too. lol

and is the diffrence between 8MB Cache and 16MB Big?
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Originally Posted by UberN00B
"comparisions between drives but the difference may not be noticeable in general apps (raptor vs 2 hd's raid-0) but will notice in benchmarks."

Do you mean like, Firefox, msn, that kinda stuff? Because ive been experiencing 'lag' and i wanted to get that problem fixed too. lol

and is the diffrence between 8MB Cache and 16MB Big?
Yes, you will see the biggest increase in games and heavy harddrive accessing things. But not so much in little stuff because the latency is higher than the raptor. 8mb and 16mb make a huge difference, 16mb is so much better. I have two WD's, one with 8 and the other with 16mb of cache, and the 16mb one loads games faster and has a higher read/write speed.
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