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I sort of know what the different colors are supposed to mean. Greens are energy efficient, Blacks are for gaming, ect. I have a WD Black 2TB in my gaming beast of a monster (aka my affordable PC I made with scrap parts to get me until next payday tongue.gif). And I have a WD Red in my Synology Diskstation which is what I chose after researching the premade NAS solutions that got mediocre reviews. I know that the WD Reds are optimal for NAS, but does the WD Black really outperform the WD Green or Blue of similar specs (7200 RPM, 64MB cache). I am not sure what the specs of the Greens are, but I got my nephew a Blue 1TB and it seems to work fine. It has the same specs as my Black I am pretty sure that any differences are just the placebo effect. I must say that my Win7 OS and his Win7 OS are on 120GB SSDs. So the way I do my layman's measuring is to calculate load times in games. They seem almost identical, but I know that WD had a logical reason to make 2 different kinds.

EDIT: I guess a better way to put this is to ask, would you pay $20 more for a 7200 RPM 64MB cache WD Black than a Blue with similar specs? My title is a bit misleading, sorry, but I can't find out how to reword it.
Edited by Thready - 3/15/14 at 9:03am
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post #2 of 18
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Originally Posted by Thready View Post

EDIT: I guess a better way to put this is to ask, would you pay $20 more for a 7200 RPM 64MB cache WD Black than a Blue with similar specs? My title is a bit misleading, sorry, but I can't find out how to reword it.

Nope, the Blacks are too noisy for the meager speed benefit over Blues. Incidentally, I've always found Blues to be more reliable -- could just be my experience, though.
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Nope, the Blacks are too noisy for the meager speed benefit over Blues. Incidentally, I've always found Blues to be more reliable -- could just be my experience, though.
Currently the Blues are faster than the Blacks as well, on top of being more power efficient and quieter.

The only reason to buy Blacks is because they come with a longer warranty.
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agreed with twerk, i always thought people bought blacks for the 5(?) year warranty compared to the 2-3 years for the other colors.

 

black = warranty

blue = performance

green = efficient

red = nas

 

afaik?

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WELL HELL! I bought the wrong one!!! Oh well, I am one of the few people who doesn't mind noise. The white noise of my case fans and my Coolermaster CPU heatsink are actually soothing to me because 1) I am crazy, and 2) because it drowns out the quietness, again, because I am crazy.

And TBH any PC part with longer than a 1 year warranty is fine by me because if it breaks after 2 years, I still think I got my money's worth. Except for major parts like a monitor or something.
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Yup the Blue does have a faster random read/write speed than the black, and it is super quiet compared to any other desktop drive I have used for home use. Ive had both blues for about 4 years without any issues. I decided to go with an HGST Ultrastar instead of the 2TB black because the performance benchmarks on the Black were just not as good as many other cheaper drives, albeit it does come with a nice warranty.
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agreed with twerk, i always thought people bought blacks for the 5(?) year warranty compared to the 2-3 years for the other colors.

black = warranty
blue = performance
green = efficient
red = nas

afaik?
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lol thanks for the replies guys. What do you think about those velociraptor drives? While I am not on your guys' level of expertise with PCs, I am an expert in knowing that the money to growing on tree ratio is quite limited.
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lol thanks for the replies guys. What do you think about those velociraptor drives? While I am not on your guys' level of expertise with PCs, I am an expert in knowing that the money to growing on tree ratio is quite limited.

My opinion on them is they are junk. I'v herd many people having them die within 2-3 months only to have the warranty replacement also die within 2-3 months again.
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The velociraptors are alright. They are among the fastest hdds out there right now, but expect to pay an arm and a leg for one with mediocre capacity. And again, the performance difference will probably be hardly noticable. These drives also have a higher failure rate than its slower counterparts. Had a 74gb one for 8 years without failing though. Unless you have money to burn then i would stay away under normal/home use
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