I would suggest you get a SSD instead.
Originally Posted by Shub
Ok. I guess I'll pass on the 15k RPM drives then
On Monday morning I was in the data room of one of my company's locations and they have a database server there with a few of those drives, it is true that you can hear them seek, and even that is loud considering it's just seeking...
Like I said SSD drives are out of my budget right now so for my new computer I'm stuck with using older SATA hard drives I have lying around from a couple of computers I got rid of a while back.
Well, thank you for the responses!
Originally Posted by the_beast
Before you pass on the drives, check the model numbers. The latest drives are FAST - we're talking sequential reads that many SSDs can't match. Obviously they can't match SSDs for random access, but if they are cheap they might be worth a punt. You can get a RAID0 SAS-capable controller from eBay for pennies if you know what you are looking for.
The latest 15K drives are also much quieter than earlier drives. If you don't consider your Raptor loud (and IMO the Raptors were pretty deafening), then you will be fine with recent 15K disks. The smaller platters in the high-speed drives means they can actually be quieter than their 7200rpm brothers - hence the reason why SPCR have the V-Raptors as one of their recommended disks. Take off the silly IcePAK & they really are quiet. I have 4 10K.2 Seagates, and they are as quiet than the WD 7200rpm RE3s that they sit next to in my server.
Basically - if you can get a few drives for a decent price, why not give them a try? Don't bother changing your mobo, buy a Dell SAS 6i/R or HP SC40Ge and give them a whirl...
Originally Posted by LunchboxDDS
Speaking of air cooling, do 15k drives get crazy hot? If there are smashed against each other in a small case that could be a big problem right?