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OK I've got a 1TB (well next week when it arrives) "green" drive - a storage drive not for performance which is why I'm selling it off. My goal is to buy a matching 500GB SE16 drive to raid them into Raid 0, atleast with in the next couple of months when I decide to format again.

Now WD just redid all their product lines, and introduced the "black" line. Featuring 2 new drives, a 750GB drive and a high end 1TB drive (performance vs of their "green" 1TB drive).

The specs on these are:
Key FeaturesHigh Performance Electronics Architecture

Dual processor - Twice the processing power to maximize performance.

32 MB cache - Bigger, faster cache means faster performance.

Rock Solid Mechanical Architecture

StableTracâ„¢ - The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking, during read and write operations.

NoTouchâ„¢ ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.

5 Year Limited Warranty

Massive Capacity - WD Caviar Black SATA drives are available in capacities up to 1 TB.

Compatible - We perform tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Labâ„¢ and Mobile Compatibility Lab to give our customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems.

Ideal For

Power computing applications such as multimedia, video and photo editing, and maxed out gaming computers.

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If I'm not mistaken a 32MB cache won't increase performance for a high end gaming machine correct?

Now this "dual process" thing has my baffled...

These black drives are more expensive..

750GB version $200
1TB version $250.

My real question is:
Would I notice more of a difference buying a second SE16 500GB drive ($80bucks) for raid 0, or would the 750GB "black" drive be a better investment?

Like I said I have a 1TB "green" drive on the way - I can't even fill my 500GB drive so I do not need this drive for just storage. I'd much rather go for performance that's why I planned on selling and doing what I said get another 500GB.

This black line though has me intrigued as it just launched on their site today.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x WD SE16 500GB Asus DVD-RW 1814BLT & LG GGC-H20L BR/HD-DVD Vista Ultimate x64 SP 1 Acer P221W 22" & Acer AL2216 22" 
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anyone?
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x WD SE16 500GB Asus DVD-RW 1814BLT & LG GGC-H20L BR/HD-DVD Vista Ultimate x64 SP 1 Acer P221W 22" & Acer AL2216 22" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Reclussa Rosewill RX750-D-B NZXT Zero Logitech G7 
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XTRAC RIPPER XL & XTRAC X-Trac D-Gel Wrist Rest 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x WD SE16 500GB Asus DVD-RW 1814BLT & LG GGC-H20L BR/HD-DVD Vista Ultimate x64 SP 1 Acer P221W 22" & Acer AL2216 22" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Reclussa Rosewill RX750-D-B NZXT Zero Logitech G7 
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XTRAC RIPPER XL & XTRAC X-Trac D-Gel Wrist Rest 
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well they do have the 5 year warranty as opposed to the 3 year for the regular ones. I would price compare to seagate, samsung, ect.
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