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I've run a single 36GB Raptor, 2x36GB Raptors in RAID 0, and the 2x320GB Seagate RAID 0 array I have now. Out of the three configs, I'll take the Seagates in a heartbeat. The single Raptor really doesn't hold any advantage over the 2x320 setup, and the 2 Raptors in RAID vs. the Seagates is indeed faster, but not really noticeably so, and certainly not enough to warrant either the cost or the massive reduction in storage capacity.

A single Raptor 150 might be worth it, but again, I don't think it's so much faster than the Seagates to warrant the loss of storage.
    
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Go for the Raptors in RAID if you can afford it, I wish i had some extra cash for another 150!.
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witchfire: did you run the 36'ers with 16MB cache or 8MB cache? That'll make some difference.
    
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post #24 of 31
I've done RAID0 with 2 7200s, used one raptor, and I have used 2 raptors in RAID 0. I say go with the single Raptor unless you need the space. The seek times are absolutely amazing. I can't tell you how happy I have been getting 2 150g raptors. Plus, if you get one raptor now, you can always buy another down the road and RAID0.
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I still don't understand... why haven't the raptors been updated to 3.0Gb/s yet?

With their amazing rpm's and seek time, you'd think that next on the list would be interface...

I would go with the Seagate's for sure, I think the raptor (although good) is more hype than performance for the money. Plus, think about what we're considering here. Unless you're an EXTREME enthusiast wanting nothing but the very best, then why get the fastest HDD's when you could have triple the storage for a lower price and only lose a minimal performance margin? Just be realistic and get the Seagate's. They'll do exactly what you want at a speed that is worth what you paid.
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witchfire: did you run the 36'ers with 16MB cache or 8MB cache? That'll make some difference.
8MB Raptors are what I had. I have a bro down in NC that has the 16's, and yes, those ARE faster than the 8MB versions, but it all goes back to the same argument... It's not fast enough vs. the Seagate array to warrant the cost or the massive loss of storage.

When you get into this subject, though, it's going to depend on each persons wants & expectations. What's more important, ultimate speed at the cost of a lot of storage space, so you can be the first into the server in BF2, etc., or is having a decent amount of storage preferable at the sacrifice of a small amount of transfer speed.
    
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I still don't understand... why haven't the raptors been updated to 3.0Gb/s yet?
Not sure why, but at the moment, they still can't saturate a SATA I bus, let alone a 3.0GB bus.
    
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post #28 of 31
Well.. if you're willing to pay for it, a Raptor is a great toy!

And why would they go for SATAII while not even the most insane RAID array doesn't even get close to using all that bandwidth (I dare say it'll have difficulty reaching the bandwidth of SATAI).

All that bandwidth is nice, but the hardware simply cannot keep up with it, even at 10k rpm... (or more than that). The only hardware that somewhat gets close is the Gigabyte iRAM (which seems to be barely alive in the margins of the storage market).

Witchfire: simply because the mechanical parts are limiting performance...
    
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Chozart: I meant not sure why they haven't bothered to change to 3.0... I know why it can't saturate the bus, bro
    
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The explanation was to kidwolf We just posted around the same time

I don't see a reason to update a succesful product that sells great just to have the newest, but useless, technology.

And it's a personal choice whether you think the loss of storage is worth the increase in performance. In BigVal's case, he could build two RAID arrays asI said: the Raptors for OS/Programs and his current disks for data.
    
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