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Alright,

I've read all about SATA, Use Sata. But I pretty much bought the bargain 50 dollar maxtor drives without an idea of speed/quality/peformance.


For starters, I know the more cache, the better. (in most circumstances)


But when it comes to performance HD's, I'm a bit flustered.

IE/ you can get a SATA 2 drive, 3gb/s, that's only at a 7200 rpm speed.

Or say a WD raptor, SATA, 150mb/s, that's 10,000 rpms.

or up to 15000 on some other models.

What would you say is more important in relation to graphics intesive games/applications? It would be nice to have a WD Raptor that is SATA 2, just not an option right now.

Any input is welcome.
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Well, drives with higher RPM actually make "small" files load faster (good for startup speeds and opening applications), while two hard drives set up in RAID will increase the writing and loading of big files, such as game textures...
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15K RPM u320 SCSI Drives are the fastest
we have 36GB, 72GB, 146GB and 300GB flavours
but without a u320 SCSI adaptor on either PCI-X (100/133Mhz) or PCI-E you would be wasting money and time,
PCI bus at 33/66mhz just cant cut it!

Very quick overall, only if you have the cash to splash!!

It would be nice to have an external drive array so you dont have the extra heat from those drives inside your rig though!!
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Alright.


So what's the tradeoff? More performance with a 10,000 rpm 150mb/s transfer? or 7200 rpm with 3 gb/sd transfer
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post #5 of 9
I guess its what you prefer. Games loading faster with a raid setup or progies loading faster with the 10k rpms? Which ever is your preference. Take for instance if you game a lot you'd like raid, if you look at pics music lots of applications go with the 10k raptor! Just mah 2 cents!

edit: Hah! I beat you to it gravity
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post #6 of 9
Depends on what you want to do, are you an extreme gamer, or just hate lagging when browsing and using WinXP in general ?
If you're a gamer, get the 7200 drives in raid, if you want less lag, get the Raptors...
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post #7 of 9
I would think that the seek times of the 10K drive would be much quicker, the other drive MAY have a faster `theoretical` thoughput being 300 rather than 150.
I would suggest finding some reviews/benchies of any drives you are interested in..
I would think the 10K would win overall
I will be off home soon so I cannot give much more info at the moment
Good luck!
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post #8 of 9
Then to piggy-back on this question, if you're looking at 10K Raptors in a RAID setup, can the motherboard say that it supports Sata 3.0? Basically, is it backward compatible, in this case, of a mobo, rated for Sata 3.0, being able to support a Sata 1.5? It somewhat decides my mobo choice, in this case. Sorry to piggy-back. Hope it's fine...
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See this thread which has a lot of the info you're looking for:
http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...est-raid0.html
     
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