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Which is faster - 1 Raptor drive or 2 7200's in RAID 0?

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Trying to decide on the storage solution for my new rig. The 150 Raptor drive looks like a great primary drive. Even better would be two of the 74s in RAID O but that is just too damn expensive. Soooo, would a single non-RAIDed Raptor 150 outperform two non-Raptor 7200s in RAID O?
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two 7200.10's in raid is faster than a raptor. but 7200.9's would be pretty close. the 7200.10's are great drives because they are perpindicular recording so the info is more dense and faster to find
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I'd think no... one drive will seek quickly but you can have 2 lines looking for data simultaneously in a RAID 0, unlike 1 with a single drive. In theory it should take 1/2 the time of a single 7200rpm drive, which would be faster than a single raptor.

Pretty laymen speak, but thats how I understand it hehe.
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What are you defining as faster?

Access times alone the Raptor will win hands down. Actual throughput the striped drives will win out.
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TheLegend - this is where my newbieness is going to show. I don't really know what I mean by faster. Obviously loading and what not, but for the most part, I'm just meaning the general feel of my computer from the second I turn it on and while I'm using it to game, burn discs, listen to MP3s, torrent, etc.

So if RAID 0 is so nice, do any of you think it would actually be worth shelling out the cash for 2 Raptors to RAID?
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get two 36's for raid.... and put os+games on it... err-thang else on a diff drive...
thats how my friend has it...
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TheLegend - this is where my newbieness is going to show. I don't really know what I mean by faster. Obviously loading and what not, but for the most part, I'm just meaning the general feel of my computer from the second I turn it on and while I'm using it to game, burn discs, listen to MP3s, torrent, etc.

So if RAID 0 is so nice, do any of you think it would actually be worth shelling out the cash for 2 Raptors to RAID?
What sort of budget are you working with?

The fastest SATA setup possible given you are working with a smaller number of drives would be 2x74gb Raptors in a RAID 0 configuration.

The more drives you have striped the faster the array will be, but it also increases the failure rate of the array because of the added drives.
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TheLegend - I'm shooting for $2000 - $2250 for everything except the monitor. I'm building a system based on the Q6600 Intel chip (after July 22 price drop) and the GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R motherboard, using the Lian Li V1000 as the case.
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TheLegend - I'm shooting for $2000 - $2250 for everything except the monitor. I'm building a system based on the Q6600 Intel chip (after July 22 price drop) and the GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R motherboard, using the Lian Li V1000 as the case.
I would use 2 striped 74gb Raptors for your main drive to load your OS, games, apps etc on.

I would use another 320/500gb simply for storage.

You can make a heck of a build for that budget. Make another thread in the Intel section for advice on parts.
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Two Seagate Barracudas 7200.10 or 7200.9 would be "faster" than a single raptor.
The Barracudas would have a better average read and better burst read, but the raptor would have faster access time, because of the 10000rpm.

But 2xraptor would win over all, but raptors are expensive, and might not be worth it with that budget i think.
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