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I have been using SATA I for more than 2 years now. I have recently upgrade my system to a comparatively medicore system and would like to gain more speed.

Budget is not my concern, I just want to save the hassle of configuring a RAID system and maintain it. The system is mainly used for gaming, or else some simple net surfing therefore I just wanna to get 1 single drive.

It has been for a long time that I want to see the performance of the raptor, now that I can afford it, would anyone shed some lights on the performance of raptor against a standard SATA II drive?
    
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There is no hassle in using RAID.

Two decent 7200RPM drives like my Western Digital 640GB AALS's will DESTROY a raptor on its own.

I would even say that one WD640AALS is faster than a standard raptor and not far off a velociraptor.

You don't need to maintain RAID. You set it up and forget about it.
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I heard that the prices of the Solid State drives will drop in February, and as you know, Solid State is way faster. Although, I don't know how much the prices will drop. But if it were me, I would personally try to wait until then. But, if you can afford it, then I say definitely go with the VelociRaptor, and then get a Solid State drive.

I apologize that I don't know the differences from experience. However, I have heard that there is a noticeable one.
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How fast is the VelociRaptor? And by the way, are DVD-RW drives all SATA interface now?
    
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I have a single VelociRaptor and I must say it is extremely fast. Very pleased with the price I paid for it. Games load up extremely fast, and I'm waiting to get a second one to see how they perform in Raid 0. I think they are worth the price premium, but sometimes you can get a good deal for them.

As for DVD-RW, I think there are some IDE still around, but from what I can see they are mostly sata now which is a good thing imo.
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post #6 of 35
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Oh, I better go replacing mine then! Mine is still an IDE version!!
    
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post #7 of 35
I always have the devil's advocate opinion of Raptors. I don't have any hands-on with the new Velociraptors but I have plenty with my Raptor X 150 (windowed). Plenty of room for an OS drive, fast, but LOUD. I'm talking in a quiet room it's irritatingly loud. I also have two WD 500GB drives and I can barely hear them in my HAF.

Some people don't care but there are days I considering trading someone even up for a non-Raptor drive.
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I always have the devil's advocate opinion of Raptors. I don't have any hands-on with the new Velociraptors but I have plenty with my Raptor X 150 (windowed). Plenty of room for an OS drive, fast, but LOUD. I'm talking in a quiet room it's irritatingly loud. I also have two WD 500GB drives and I can barely hear them in my HAF.

Some people don't care but there are days I considering trading someone even up for a non-Raptor drive.
The new VelociRaptors are dead silent as least mine are. I can't here mine at all. I've never used the old Raptors, even though I thought the Raptor X looked sweet when it was first released lol.
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post #9 of 35
Can someone with a Velociraptor run a HD Tune Benchmark on Accurate with 8MB blocks and post it up here?

I don't think you are going to be beating this even with 2 Velociraptors:



The price of 3 WD640AALS drives is amazing considering the performance. This is also with the onboard 780i controller until I buy a Dell PERC 5/i
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post #10 of 35
Yeah, there are definitely some IDE DVD-RW drives still being sold.

But yeah, why are you still using any IDE devices? You legacy user. hehe.
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