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WD Raptor V.S. Seagate Barracuda

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WD raptor - 10000 rpm with 16mb buffer
Seagate Barracuda - 7200 rpm with 32 buffer

in terms of MMORPG gaming, which HDD would help on increasing the gaming speed more?

thx !!

added question: What role do "RPM" and "Buffer Memory" play in terms of HDD loading speed?
Edited by dew9lei - 6/16/08 at 11:42pm
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You won't notice much of a difference with the raptor at all. Even with Raid 0 gaming performance isn't much more than a good standard 7200rpm drive.
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here is my opinion, i own a 150gb raptor and over the last few weeks im torn between buying another or buying 2 other cheaper drives and raiding them.

to me the key thing about the raptors is the access time its usually around 8ms where my 7200 rpm drive is always over 16ms. now my 7200 rpm drive was under $100 back when i bought it its 160gb. The raptor was 200 its 150gb, now do i really notice a HUGE difference short answer no... windows might boot a few seconds quicker i dont know.

i would say if u have extra money to spend get the raptor if not just get a normal drive.

here is a hdtach screen i just ran as i was typing this out, hope this helps you decide.

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thx both for your answer.. rep + for both
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if you have the money then raid 0 with the raptors. if not get two 7200s for about the price of one raptor and raid them.
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Most MMOs have their data in a handful of very large files, the faster access times of the raptor will not help much, and the new seagates have higher transfer rates.

I doubt you would notice any difference in performance at all.

Buffer memory is irrelivant for loading speed. It does very little to help reads (the chances of getting a cache hit on a several hundred gig drive with only 32MiB of cache is very small).

For disk writes, cache is a great help. However, writes are not very common in gaming.
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