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I would recomend the raptor for pure performance. But if you want you could get 2 Seagates 16MB Cache in raid0 for about $150. Which would beat the raptor and you will have much more storage space.
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Originally Posted by OCZedd
I would recomend the raptor for pure performance. But if you want you could get 2 Seagates 16MB Cache in raid0 for about $150. Which would beat the raptor and you will have much more storage space.
I have one of those Baracudas 7200.10 250Gb and they're superb. As OCZedd said, buy 2 of them and put them in RAID0 and they'll be better than a single raptor. Must consider that a 75Gb raptor is 150$ and 2xBaracudas are also 150$ but for 500Gb of space.
Pure performance@ 90$ obviously the raptor, but @150$ both performance and storage crowns go to the baracudas.
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Is there a performance decrease or increase if you use the 8MB cache Barracudas? Does extra cache slow things down at all?
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I downloaded a RAM monitoring program called RamPage and even with way more programs open than I ever use, I still have at least 250MB of free memory. I don't think I'd see much of a performance boost just by having more available memory. Like I said, I don't have any games from the past few years. Looks like I'll be getting the Raptor first.

Edit- right now I'm browsing this page and listening to an mp3 on winamp and I have over 310MB of RAM free.
You WILL get a performance boost by going to a higher RAM amount you will boot faster, programs will start up faster, etc. It will probably have a bigger effect than a Raptor would.
post #15 of 17
looking at your system specs you'll benefit more from more RAM then you will from a faster hard drive right now. the way windows works is you will almost always have some RAM free... but there are 2 things to keep in mind.
1. windows creates a page file... with only 512mb of RAM and todays programs your computer is using your page file a LOT! and your hard drive is extremely sloooow compared to RAM so adding more RAM will lessen your computer's page file usage.
2. adding more RAM will allow the programs you use to have access to more RAM, thus making them faster


and to answer your last question, yes the larger cache will help performance. if you have the option buy a drive with 16mb over 8mb (or less) cache
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Thanks, soloz

If I'm not a big gamer, will there be a big difference in Windows between getting 2GB of RAM versus 1GB? RAM is expensive these days and I was thinking about getting 1GB...

Other question: How much of a performance hit is it to run in single channel mode? For example, if I bought a 1 GB stick and bought the second one later and had to run in single channel for a while.
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If you're not a big gamer, then unless you do online editing of video or multiple layer high-res photo editing documents, I don't believe you see any difference going over 1Gb of ram, and dual channel, well it does liven things up a bit: My bosses allendale lost a second on 1M superpi when we yanked a 512 from it's total 1Gb. 24 to 25 secs

Personally, I won't ever go back to single channel... the system just seems slow, you really have to be fussy to notice it however.

Soloz2 is on the money, 1Gb is a better tradeoff - get that & a bigger drive & you won't know yourself!
    
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