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there is very little to no difference when actually gaming.
What games are you trying to play
The increase will be for load times, and that's about it.
Something like WoW benefits greatly as it loads the data as you go.

It's a HUGE improvement in loading times for just about every game, though.

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And most games are meant to be on slower drives, that's what loading screen tips are for.
Yeah, that's kind of annoying.
In F1 2010 I usually finish loading around the time the first tip is done, but it looks like it's hard coded to hand out 3 tips before it actually allows into the game. I can't handle all this waiting!
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Dumb question... I am very satisfied with my Caviar Blacks that I have now but I am a bit worried since I bought them a long time ago that they are fairly outdated. Are there new revisions of the Caviar Blacks that would be faster than older models?
nope, hdds are pretty much as fast as they can be in their current state.

i have an ssd + hdd setup myself (with an intel x-26 g2 80GB), and i have windows 7 + apps + starcraft 2 on the ssd. all other games go on one of my hdds. i'm currently using about 50GB of the 74GB I can use, which is where you want to stop (about 60~70%% of total free space on your ssd to maintain optimal speeds). i'm very happy with my setup, though i'm looking at the vertex 2 to replace my intel.

as for gaming, starcraft 2 loads much faster on an ssd. that's pretty much it. load times will be a bit faster, FPS will be affected very very little.
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Dumb question... I am very satisfied with my Caviar Blacks that I have now but I am a bit worried since I bought them a long time ago that they are fairly outdated. Are there new revisions of the Caviar Blacks that would be faster than older models?
No, they are actually slower. Western digital was sneaky and is now using 250gb platters in the 640gb I believe, instead of the faster 320gb platters.

My recommendation to you is just get a 60gb drive for your os and apps, and leave your games on your caviar blacks. Also, all you have to do to move your games folder from your primary drive to a different drive is to take the entire steam folder, then move it to the drive you want, go into the steam folder, find the file clientregistry.blob, delete it, and start steam.

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What games are you trying to play
The increase will be for load times, and that's about it.
Something like WoW benefits greatly as it loads the data as you go.

It's a HUGE improvement in loading times for just about every game, though.


Yeah, that's kind of annoying.
In F1 2010 I usually finish loading around the time the first tip is done, but it looks like it's hard coded to hand out 3 tips before it actually allows into the game. I can't handle all this waiting!
I heard some ssd's *might* be able to take advantage of ssd speeds in loading complex textures and meshes, but I kind of doubt it. The only real increase is loading times.
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Any good tools to test my current HDD speeds?
    
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sandra sysoft works well.
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Just to let you know... I originally bought my g.skill phoenix pro 120gb ssd for os and games, but let me tell you, there is very little to no difference when actually gaming. And most games are meant to be on slower drives, that's what loading screen tips are for. I moved all of my games from my ssd to my caviar black and I don't notice any difference in gaming.

Case in point, buy an ssd for your os and applications, but for games, save your money and keep them on your caviar blacks.
+1. It speeds up load times but not gaming.

OS, your main apps and a couple of games you are using at the moment would be all I would store. The rest of the games and bulk storage (movies, photos, etc) put on HDDs. Samsung Spinpoint 3 1TB or WD Black Sata III 1TBs are good storage drives.
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If I were to purchase the C300 128GB should I keep my current WD Black 640s to use as storage or purchase faster HDD alternatives.
    
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Any good tools to test my current HDD speeds?
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this will be 2x or 4x faster than any other setup you can get

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-661-_-Product

it loads windows 7 in about 12 seconds, will install a large game in about 5 min. and almost instant game loads
Edited by luno - 12/31/10 at 6:50pm
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this will be 2x or 4x faster than any other setup you can get

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-661-_-Product
That's a pretty large price tag :/
    
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