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http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=322&tag=rbxccnbzd1

Be it true or not, I found it very interesting to read.

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solid-state ftw
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i need a new hdd... hoping to finally get a 7200rpmlol.... still on 5400
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Vegnagun666 View Post
i need a new hdd... hoping to finally get a 7200rpmlol.... still on 5400


And its not a laptop?

*cringe*
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Originally Posted by jinja_ninja View Post


And its not a laptop?

*cringe*
lol its like 5 years old
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post #6 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vegnagun666 View Post
lol its like 5 years old
And? lol

I have a 10 year old Western Digital 2GB that runs at 7200rpm!
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post #7 of 45
Article is a bit old, but quite true.

The performance per dollar of 10k rpm drives has never been very good. They cost several times as much per GB, and in most cases only provide marginal performance advantages. Still, not everything is about performance per dollar. Plenty of people are willing to pay for any increase, and that is who these drives are targeted at.

I think many of the people who buy raptors and the like are often ignorant, or simply wasteful, but many also have a good grasp of the advantages and disadvantages of these drives, and are willing and able to accept the expense anyway.
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post #8 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by jinja_ninja View Post
And? lol

I have a 10 year old Western Digital 2GB that runs at 7200rpm!
lol 2gb though... it does its job!
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post #9 of 45
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Originally Posted by Vegnagun666 View Post
lol 2gb though... it does its job!
It still works fine as well. Obviously I don't use it anymore because even my camera SD card has more space!

I remember trying to manage my games on that drive... which ones to install, which to remove again.
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post #10 of 45
Waste of money.

It's noisy. Not just 'loud', but makes the kind of noise that rips your nerves apart. Impossible to concentrate, least of all sleep. When some idiot application decides it's going to churn the hard drive for a while you damn near rip your nails out.

It's going to get tossed out and replaced by a silky smooth quiet Samsung Spinpoint. If it weren't so pretty and expensive I'd crush it with a hammer for all the grief it has given me.

If you want performance get some nice and quiet regular drives and RAID0 them. Win-win.
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