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Pro's and Con's of a DAS (direct attached storage)

post #1 of 4
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Hey guys and girls,

So looking to get myself a DAS, its been recommended to me as i initially wanted something to store my 3.5" hdd's in outside of my case but still be able to game off them (im a bf3 nut).

Nas was out of the question due to loading times, but a DAS via esata (my mobo has that on the rear) is meant to be quick.

Wanting to know if anyone has had experience with a DAS and gaming before? theyre heappsss cheaper than a NAS and being im the only one on my pc i dont need the network side of it. Just want to make sure im not going to see a FPS drop due to hdd's loading data...

--Will.
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post #2 of 4
You won't get sata3 speeds out of it.

What kind of hard drive do you plan on using? You won't see much of a performance drop if you are already only using sata2.

But why not install another drive internally? If you game long you will have to worry about cooling the drives. Lots of cheap DAS don't have cooling.

Unless you don't mind your HDD running hot.
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I plan on using my existing wd 3.5" drives. The unit in looking at has an 80cm exhaust fan up top to help cool. Not overly concerned about hdd temps just want to make sure I won't loose any fps whilst gaming.
I've removed my hdd cage completely out of the case in prep for a 240mm rad for wc'ing.
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It will be fine, I used to use eSata on my laptop. (store game on external because internal was so small)

You would only notice a difference if you were using an SSD.
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