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Or you got a slightly newer revision. HDD manufacturers do make improvements as they go.
I'd be curious to see what firmware revision yours has. A picture of the sticker (or even a screenshot of HDTune Pro's info screen) might reveal a lot. smile.gif

Will post SS from HD Tune if You like. I am too lazy to disassemble housing to get HDD out just for photo session smile.gif

EDIT: HD Tune says: Firmware revision 80.00A80
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so I can't touch them untill Xmas.
For a God sake - WHY???
Edited by Brko - 11/13/12 at 11:11am
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C'mon Western Digital, I have been VERY PATIENT in waiting for the 1TB/platter Blacks and RE4's (in 1TB size), so get a move on! These files won't store themselves!

I am tempted to just grab a pair of the 300GB WD Velociraptor's that are $69/ea right now, although I am p****ed that when I went to buy two of the 600GB models, the price was way back up to $180 from the $99 sale price (I thought the sale ended today at midnight :'( ).

I am not really sure what to do.... At this point, I have removed 3 of 6 HDD bays from my Switch 810 for water-cooling (bottom rad), although I suppose I COULD fit one or maybe two drives in a 5.25" bay (i.e. stick my SSD's there, or use one 5.25" bay for SSD and 1xHDD). I don't know if I should go with 2x very-fast medium-to-low capacity drives in RAID0 + 1x larger drive (OS drive is Samsung 830 256GB) and then use an external USB3.0 1-2TB drive for on-site but out-of-case backups until I get my Home Server setup, or if I should go with 2x larger-but-somewhat-slower drives in RAID0 + 1x very large drive?
The internal drives I am really leaning towards are: WD VR's in 300GB/500GB/600GB (whichever is biggest and under $100/ea), WD RE4 500GB/1TB, WD Black 1TB, or maybe even the newer Seagate Momentus XT 750GB 2.5" drives(?)...

Would the Blue EZEX really be a better choice over the above??
   
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I am tempted to just grab a pair of the 300GB WD Velociraptor's that are $69/ea right now, although I am p****ed that when I went to buy two of the 600GB models, the price was way back up to $180 from the $99 sale price (I thought the sale ended today at midnight :'( ).
300GB Raptors? One generation before the 600GB ones? Odds are the WD10EZEX is faster.

500GB Raptors? Those would be one generation after the 600GB ones? Those are definitely faster.

It all comes down to price vs performance. I'd rate performance like this:

300GB Velociraptor < WD10EZEX < 600GB Velociraptor < 500GB/1TB Velociraptor

Assuming of course the 300GB Raptor is from the previous generation, and not the 600GB generation, I would go with...

$70 - WD10EZEX
$100 - whichever one is higher in the list. If you can get a 500GB Raptor for that price, take it over the 600GB. Otherwise get the 600GB.
$150 - 1TB Velociraptor; definitely worth $150, but where will you find it that cheap? rolleyes.gif
$200 - Give me a big SSD. biggrin.gif
     
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It all comes down to price vs performance. I'd rate performance like this:
300GB Velociraptor < WD10EZEX < 600GB Velociraptor < 500GB/1TB Velociraptor

Curious why you'd rate the 600GB VelociRaptor higher than the WD10EZEX. Is it because of the lower access times and better random performance? I'd be quite interested to see how a WD10EZEX short stroked to 600GB would perform compared to a VelociRaptor. tongue.gif
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For a God sake - WHY???

Because, they're for xmas lol.
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It all comes down to price vs performance. I'd rate performance like this:
300GB Velociraptor < WD10EZEX < 600GB Velociraptor < 500GB/1TB Velociraptor

Curious why you'd rate the 600GB VelociRaptor higher than the WD10EZEX. Is it because of the lower access times and better random performance? I'd be quite interested to see how a WD10EZEX short stroked to 600GB would perform compared to a VelociRaptor. tongue.gif
Way lower access times. Aren't they around 7ms full-drive? The WD10EZEX will do very well at single tasking, but heavy multitasking (especially when you fill the drive) makes that 15-20ms access time hurt it more than the Velociraptor can be hurt.

The WD10EZEX's rotational latency is also 8.333ms, while the Velociraptor's is 6ms. When push comes to shove, the Velociraptor will still manage to get more seeking and sequential reading/writing done. Also keep in mind that one area where the WD10EZEX is strong (NCQ - how it rearranges requests) is also an area where the Velociraptor is strong. Seagate drives often have weak NCQ, but we're comparing WD to WD here. tongue.gif

The 1TB Velociraptor takes the crown because it can push over 200MB/sec sequential while maintaining those ultra low access times.
     
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Way lower access times. Aren't they around 7ms full-drive? The WD10EZEX will do very well at single tasking, but heavy multitasking (especially when you fill the drive) makes that 15-20ms access time hurt it more than the Velociraptor can be hurt.
The WD10EZEX's rotational latency is also 8.333ms, while the Velociraptor's is 6ms. When push comes to shove, the Velociraptor will still manage to get more seeking and sequential reading/writing done. Also keep in mind that one area where the WD10EZEX is strong (NCQ - how it rearranges requests) is also an area where the Velociraptor is strong. Seagate drives often have weak NCQ, but we're comparing WD to WD here. tongue.gif
The 1TB Velociraptor takes the crown because it can push over 200MB/sec sequential while maintaining those ultra low access times.

I see, but value wise I don't see a point. smile.gif

Might as well get an SSD though with the sales you can get sometimes. IIRC there's a deal on a $79 or so 128GB M4. You can snatch a few of those for the price of a single Velociraptor. biggrin.gif
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Thanks for the awesome break-down, and I wish I could post a full reply right now, but I'm already late for class... I will respond in full ASAP, though!
   
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Originally Posted by Kramy View Post

Way lower access times. Aren't they around 7ms full-drive? The WD10EZEX will do very well at single tasking, but heavy multitasking (especially when you fill the drive) makes that 15-20ms access time hurt it more than the Velociraptor can be hurt.

The WD10EZEX's rotational latency is also 8.333ms, while the Velociraptor's is 6ms. When push comes to shove, the Velociraptor will still manage to get more seeking and sequential reading/writing done. Also keep in mind that one area where the WD10EZEX is strong (NCQ - how it rearranges requests) is also an area where the Velociraptor is strong. Seagate drives often have weak NCQ, but we're comparing WD to WD here. tongue.gif

The 1TB Velociraptor takes the crown because it can push over 200MB/sec sequential while maintaining those ultra low access times.

Hmm, excellent points. I guess my viewpoint is skewed as all I require in HDDs is fast sequential performance since given my usage scenario, access times aren't very important. For heavy multi-tasking and stuff that would greatly benefit from ultra-low access times, it's either SSD or RAM disk for me. Still, I can see how the VelociRaptor's low access and seek times and higher IOPS will benefit those buying the HDD as their primary OS drive or those with extremely large Steam folders where an SSD might be too expensive. smile.gif
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I bought one more EZEX today. Results are nearly the same as I posted earlier. And I'm using one of them for OS drive (50 GB partition), and rest of HDD is 2nd partition where is software (and games). It is working fine. No difference between WD10EZEX and WD6401AALS /SATA2 640GB Black), except EZEX is less noisy and colder.
So, afterall, WD10EZEX is okay for OS drive wink.gif
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