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ElMike:
So, I should get 2 Raptors or 2 7200.10 Drives in Raid-0, then I'll see an improvement?

NiNja
If overall storage space isnt that important to you, definitely go for 2 Raptors in RAID-0. They pwn everything. I saw a lot of improvement when I made the upgrade from 2x 160GB WD Caviars.

You basically have to sacrafice tons of storage space for best performance in this case. That is assuming you don't mind the $200 price tag for 2x 36GB Raptors...

Edit - Just saw your last post. Since storage, and presumably price, isn't an issue, Raptors are your best bet. In fact I'll be getting two more for 1337 RAID0 soon.
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post #12 of 22
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If overall storage space isnt that important to you, definitely go for 2 Raptors in RAID-0. They pwn everything. I saw a lot of improvement when I made the upgrade from 2x 160GB WD Caviars.

You basically have to sacrafice tons of storage space for best performance in this case. That is assuming you don't mind the $200 price tag for 2x 36GB Raptors...
And a 1x raptor would be a huge improvement over a 1x 7200 as well, even if you don't end up going with Raid.
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I'd much rather have 2x36GB Raptors in Raid-0 than one Raptor-X... Since storage is not even being considered; just raw performance. Basically, I should go with a Raptor or keep my single drive? I do not want to setup a Raid-0 Array, because of all of the problems I've had before. So, idealy, I'll want 1x Raptor and 1x MaXtor; if the Raptor is noticably faster than the MaXLine III.

So, the two options I'm looking at are:

-Keeping my currently setup
-Adding 1 (one) 36GB Raptor

Edit: standard, did you look at my two options?

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I'd much rather have 2x36GB Raptors in Raid-0 than one Raptor-X... Since storage is not even being considered; just raw performance. Basically, I should go Raid-0 or keep my single drive? I do not want to setup a Raid-0 Array, because of all of the problems I've had before. So, idealy, I'll want 1x Raptor and 1x MaXtor; if the Raptor is noticably faster than the MaXLine III.

So, the two options I'm looking at are:

-Keeping my currently setup

&

-Adding 1 (one) 36GB Raptor

NiNja
Two Raptors in RAID-0 mate...
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set up raid 0 and quit whining, do raid 0 if you want performance
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Let me rephrase my question, will I see an improvement between a 7200RPM Drive with 16MB of Cache and a 10kRPM Drive with 16MB of Cache? If so, will it be a small difference or a significant one?

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And a 1x raptor would be a huge improvement over a 1x 7200 as well, even if you don't end up going with Raid.
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Let me rephrase my question, will I see an improvement between a 7200RPM Drive with 16MB of Cache and a 10kRPM Drive with 16MB of Cache? If so, will it be a small difference or a significant one?

NiNja
Heh, never quoted myself before, but didn't I already answer that question? Yes, you should still see a significant difference in performance between the two.
post #18 of 22
Yes, even a single Raptor would make a difference on your os boot times if moving up from a 7200 rpm hdd. A raid array would obviously be even more beneficial, but a single 10,000 rpm drive is still a beast.

Personally, if I ever move up to Raptors, I feel it would only really be worth it with the 74 or 150 GB versions. They may be more expensive, but 36 GB can only take you so far past your os.
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post #19 of 22
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Thank you SgtSpike and Aura. I'm thinking of getting a 36GB Western Digital Raptor Hard Drive to store my Operating System and all of my games (which is like 4).

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Don't go for 36GB Raptor !
It is remarkable worse than the 74 GB Model (while this isn't worse than the 150 GB or Raptor-X ! ).

I don't know exactly why but some benchmarks show that the 74 GB is way better than the 36 GB Raptor!
I think this is because of the data density as the new 1000 GB HDD with 7200 rpm nearly reach the read/write speed of Raptors.

Here are two important benchmarks showing the difference between 36 GB and 74 GB Raptor (German THG website, should also be on the English one):
http://hardware.thgweb.de/charts/fes...2=678&chart=40
http://hardware.thgweb.de/charts/fes...2=678&chart=45

So save some money for one 74 GB Raptor.


It is also faster than RAID0 of two 7200 rpm Disks for Windows and Applications.

And I know Space is no point for you.
But think about it.
Give Windows a 20 GB partition and make a second one for all Applications and Games.
You may have only 4 Games (well for me the UT2004 folder is 16GB; anyway) but you should put all application software on the fast HDD, too
That is more future save than 36 GB ;o)
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