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Are Raptors Worth It? And SATA2/SATA Question

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Thought I would ask 2 questions in 1.


1.

I have a 400gig WD HD.


I was wondering if I got a Raptor for just PC games and Windows XP would the performance increase a lot?

2.

Im getting an Asus A8N32 SLI-deluxe Mobo, and the Mobo specs say that it's "SATA2" my HD's that im getting is only "SATA"


Will SATA work on a SATA2 mobo? will the SATA run SLOWER then if I got a SATA mobo?
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post #2 of 7
SATA works on SATA2. SATA2 HHD's show very little performance increase over SATA. SATA will run just as fast on the SATA2 mobo.

Raptors are not worth it. For the price, you can get two 80gig SATA drives for RAID 0 which will own the raptor in performance and capacity. I looked into this a lot before I got RAID.
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1. A Raptor will not increase gaming performance, but it will drastically reduce Windows bootup time and game load time. I am often the first person on any map in BF2 (gives me chance to get a tank or plane ) Is it worth the extra $125? Well I guess that is up to you.

2. SATA2 is backwards compatable with SATA. SATA 2 has a bandwidth of up to 3.0 GB/s while SATA has a max bandwidth of 1.5GB/s. Interestingly, not even the fastest harddrives in the world can fully utalize the bandwidth of even SATA.

^BigVal has a point. Although two RAID0 80GB SATA drives are not as fast as a Raptor, they are pretty fast. The only reason I would go with a Raptor as apposed to the RAID0 is the chance of data corruption is much higher with RAID0. Clearly RAID0 is going to have a higher raw data transfer rate, but the latencys are a lot higher than the raptor.

As Tom's puts it:

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The Raptor-X's performance is even good enough to beat a RAID 0 array consisting of two modern 7,200 RPM drives, except in terms of pure throughput, of course. In addition, it is nicer having only one drive to install, and the data safety of a single drive is better anyway. Speaking of safety, we should refer to the five year warranty, which should give you a good feeling.


















http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/02/...formance_lead/
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I'm w/ bigval on this one. I ran some benchmarks a while back w/ some other oc.net members and we came to the conclusion that RAID 0 is faster than a single raptor, but if you can get 2 raptors in RAID then they will own a normal RAID array.

my 2 seagate 80gb SATA drives are faster than a single 74gb raptor, cost less and give me more storage room.

on the other hand, I have a friend who owns a 36gb raptor and he swears by it.
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post #5 of 7
There's a review of the Raptor 1500 from Storage Review here:
http://www.storagereview.com/article...500ADFD_5.html

The discussion of this in the forums is also of interest as well for the Raid0 debate:
http://forums.storagereview.net/inde...howtopic=21621

The same site also did a review of the Raptor 740:
http://www.storagereview.com/article...-00FLC0_1.html
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Originally Posted by pauldovi
1. A Raptor will not increase gaming performance, but it will drastically reduce Windows bootup time and game load time.
It will if he's using his pagefile often.
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post #7 of 7
2 80GB SATA drives in RAID 0 will outperform a single Raptor drasticly. I'd say Raptors are only worth it if you get more than one and put them in RAID 0, then nothing else can touch it. (Save those way expensive 15000RPM Hitachi drives)
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