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Simply tell me which is faster, the Seagate Momentus XT (750GB @ 7200 RPM), or the WD VelociRaptor (500GB @ 10,000 RPM)

Since I already have a 1TB WD Caviar that I plan to keep for storage, size is not an issue. I just want whatever HDD that can give me the highest speed so I won't have to wait 3 damn minutes for BF3 maps to load.

A couple of pros with the Seagate of course are lower cost, more storage capacity, and its unique 8GB NAND, but the VelociRaptor has double the cache (64MB vs 32) and its own cooling on top of it being a 10,000 RPM drive which is pretty insane.

To give a reference of what I'm currently working with I have a WD Caviar Green 1TB SATA 3Gb/s Disk RPM remains unknown to me, but it has 32MB of cache


Seagate Momentus - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148837

Western Digital VelociRaptor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236244


So, should I get either of these or just buy a Vertex 4?
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Why not get an SSD? for the price of the Velociraptor, you could get a pretty large SSD.
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Go with the vertex 4, each of those drives have their own problems...
    
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Doh doh.gif didnt see you had that at the end. Defiantly go Vertex 4.
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I agree too,Vertex 4
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Pick up a SSD. Crucial, Samsung, Corsair, Plextor or Intel. Pick your poison.
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Originally Posted by Mr357 View Post

Simply tell me which is faster, the Seagate Momentus XT (750GB @ 7200 RPM), or the WD VelociRaptor (500GB @ 10,000 RPM)
Fastest for what?

The XT makes a good OS drive, since it has that 8GB SLC cache. But beneath that the drive isn't that fast, so BF3 loadtimes aren't going to improve hugely unless that's all you do. Every time you flip games (or *gasp* reboot) the BF3 stuff will be kicked from the cache, knocking you back to square one. And if you don't reboot at all everything will be cached in RAM, so... I'm inclined to say for games the VelociRaptor is probably better/faster.

Now that said, price is a huge factor. I saw a 750GB Momentus XT for $120, but the Velociraptor is nearly double that. I'd probably go for the XT after factoring that in. Either that or the 1TB VelociRaptor (which is faster yet again), which can be had for $275 at some places.
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Originally Posted by Mr357 View Post

Since I already have a 1TB WD Caviar that I plan to keep for storage, size is not an issue. I just want whatever HDD that can give me the highest speed so I won't have to wait 3 damn minutes for BF3 maps to load.

A couple of pros with the Seagate of course are lower cost, more storage capacity, and its unique 8GB NAND, but the VelociRaptor has double the cache (64MB vs 32) and its own cooling on top of it being a 10,000 RPM drive which is pretty insane.
It is insane. smile.gif But 32MB vs 64MB cache doesn't do much - except enable it to work with its improved platter density.

I must be honest - for your usage you need your OS, Apps, and a few select games to be very fast. It sounds like you should go for an SSD.
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To give a reference of what I'm currently working with I have a WD Caviar Green 1TB SATA 3Gb/s Disk RPM remains unknown to me, but it has 32MB of cache


Seagate Momentus - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148837

Western Digital VelociRaptor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236244


So, should I get either of these or just buy a Vertex 4?
Crucial M4 is the one that I'd go for. You can find the 256GB ones for $199.99 occasionally. I saw a 128GB one hit $99.99 on NCIX. Crazy prices, and nearly top of the line performance wise. Definitely top of the line reliability wise.
     
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