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What is the difference between a desktop hard drive and a gaming hard drive?

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November 1, 2013 8:45:13 PM

What is the difference between a desktop hard drive and a gaming hard drive?

Newegg is offering both. I have no idea what is the difference.
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November 1, 2013 8:47:41 PM

None both are just desktop HDD! Wonder though what they call gaming drive.
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November 1, 2013 8:47:51 PM

To my knowledge there is no such thing as a "gaming" Hard Drive. I suspect the only "gaming" thing about it is what that companies marketing team came up with.

Can you give a link to the HDD's your comparing, that would help.
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November 1, 2013 8:47:53 PM

Usually the drive speed and maybe cache size. You have links of the ones your considering?
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November 1, 2013 8:48:11 PM

Gaming hard drives have a faster read/write times and are built for fast performance. They are also usually more expensive.
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November 1, 2013 8:48:17 PM

older drives used to be sold as av drives they used have a large cache file. some of the newer drives are hybrid drives there both part ssd and part hard drive. you have to google the part number to see if it a hybrid drive.
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November 1, 2013 8:50:35 PM

Arcanine300 said:
Gaming hard drives have a faster read/write times and are built for fast performance. They are also usually more expensive.


SSD's??
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November 1, 2013 8:51:47 PM

i've never heard of a "gaming" hard drive. not sure there really is any such thing.

hard drives can be divided up by a few factors..

size:
3.5" (desktop hard drives)
2.5"(laptop hard drives and ssd drives)

speed:
5200rpm (typically used in laptops. slow but power efficient)
7200.2rpm (the defacto standard for desktop hard drives)
10000rpm (high performance drives such as raptors)
15000rpm (scsi hard drives for servers and the like)
ssd (no spinning so no rpm... they are much faster than normal hdds)

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generally speaking a 7200.2 drive is good enough for gaming. there really isnt any point to put any games on a ssd or 10k raptor as you wont see any game performance increases except perhaps faster loading levels.
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November 1, 2013 8:56:22 PM

hmm... dont see anything out of the ordinary there...

its odd how they show a pic of a console too in the photo but most of the drives are 3.5 not 2.5 inch. ps3 takes 2.5 inch laptop drives... not sure about xbox.

chalk it up to confusing marketing slogans of some sort.
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November 1, 2013 8:57:50 PM

Their just normal desktop drives, the ones they classify as "gaming" are just the performance oriented models of each lineup.

It looks more like a folder to me than a console, but the controller definitely gives the impression of a console. If you wanted to swap out a PS3/X360 HDD you would need a 2.5" drive which none of them are.
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November 1, 2013 8:58:15 PM

35mm said:
rolli59 said:
None both are just desktop HDD! Wonder though what they call gaming drive.


http://www.newegg.com/Internal-Hard-Drives/Category/ID-...

this is very weird


That is just plainly stupid! Next thing is probably Gaming Power Supplies!
It is all marketing! Somebody at the egg got a masters in marketing.
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November 1, 2013 9:00:13 PM

lol... they actually do have gaming psu....
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November 1, 2013 9:00:54 PM

well... i should specify... they call some models "gaming psu" anyways.... not really anything different other than being a bit better (but not in all cases!) than their baseline models.
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November 1, 2013 9:02:23 PM

The funny thing is you could probably call near all PSU's as "Gaming PSU's", its not like PCIe cables have much use for anything other than graphics cards :lol: 
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November 1, 2013 9:04:06 PM

manofchalk said:
The funny thing is you could probably call near all PSU's as "Gaming PSU's", its not like PCIe cables have much use for anything other than graphics cards :lol: 


They are needed as well for professional cards.
Maybe they hired that guy that changed the color on the MSI boards and put gaming in the name!
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November 1, 2013 9:05:43 PM

basically the term gaming is put on products as a marketing ploy so that people buy them.

just because a product says gaming on the label doesnt mean its actually better for gaming.

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