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FYI, seek times won't help GAME load times

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Your game levels take 3 - 20 seconds to load (or whatever, depends on your setup and which game it is). Do you honestly think that the improvement of a random seek being cut to 8ms from 13ms is going to help?

Let's say it takes 5 seconds to load your game lvl, and it takes 10 random seeks, that's a save of 50ms on 5000ms, that's 1%, who cares?

Of course, raptors/cheetahs may transfer data faster then the barracuda counterparts, but not by as much as you'd think. Cheetahs are designed to reduce the damage caused by page faults, people use those as scratch disks for programs like photoshop, or as the disk to put the windows page file on. Don't be buying these expensive drives to load windows or to load games faster, you'll be disappointed (unless you're spending thousands of dollars to RAID 0 a bunch of them, and that's just rediculous). And with 2GB of RAM (I cannot imagine you having less then that if you're spending $500 on a hard drive), page faults shouldn't be a big problem.

If you want faster load times, get as many 7200 RPM drives as you can w/ a quality controller in RAID 0/5.
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Indeed. Raptors may be a tiny bit faster at opening files and stuff, but you won't see the difference in gaming unless you get a crazy RAID of Raptors. Or, even better, RAID 5 some of those 15k RPM Cheetahs... Now that would be fast.
    
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raptors usually have a higher burst read/write speed than normal hard drives though.
    
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Uh, it's not like it's "only" loading the maps and such when entering a game.

It also loads required system resources So actually they help quite more than 1%... maybe 20-50%?
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I don't think the seek times help anywhere more then the single digits % wise.
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Uh, it's not like it's "only" loading the maps and such when entering a game.

It also loads required system resources So actually they help quite more than 1%... maybe 20-50%?

QFT!!

FYI..I am always the first person on a map, Always!
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grun, that's because you have em on RAID 0. That's what's adding most of your performance.
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grun, that's because you have em on RAID 0. That's what's adding most of your performance.
Right and the E6700 helps also, but what is the point in getting as many 7200rpm drives as you can, it would take 4 of them in Raid0 to outperform 2 Raptors in Raid0.
4 7200rpm drives for the same price as 2 Raptors, I think I'll stick with my Raptors
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I have a raptor, the thing I notice mostly is loading maps, I am always first to load the map when we change maps haha. Loads so damn fast.
    
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