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Western Digital Raptor compatibility (issues?)

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December 17, 2005 8:06:07 PM

ok, i got an MSI KT3 Ultra2 DDR motherboard.
- I want to get the Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM SATA drive.

My motherboard supports ATA133 (dunno difference between SATA and ATA133):
- Will my mobo be able to support the SATA WD Raptor?
- If not, what should i do?

http://www.msi.com.tw/program/products/mainboard/mbd/pro_mbd_detail.php?UID=341

Lemme know ASAP, thanks in advance. -peace
December 18, 2005 12:52:26 AM

no, assuming the link provided is for the mobo that you have, then it won't support SATA.

If your heart/wallet is set on the new HD then you have two options. Only one of which I believe offers a satisfactory option.

1. Buy a SATA controler card for one of your PCI slots.

2. Buy a new MoBo that supports SATA.

I would go with number two.

Oh, and the third option. Get an IDE HD instead.
December 26, 2005 7:29:48 AM

YOUR MOTHERBOARD IS A DINOSAUR. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GET A GIGABYTE THAT HAS SATA FUNCTUALITY. WITH THAT IN MIND GET 2 RAPTORS AND CREATE A R.A.I.D. (THE MORE EVEN NUMBERED HARD DRIVES YOU HAVE THE FASTER IT WILL GET.)

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December 26, 2005 9:03:15 AM

Grab yourself an inexpensive Athlon 64 939 and an nForce4 or VIA K8T890 or K8T800 motherboard, at least 512MB PC3200 and maybe a cheap PCI-E VGA you'll be all set!!!!

You can pretty much keep everything else you currently have :-)

An nForce4 will run you 90 bux maybe,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

or

get this board and keep your AGP VGA for now http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

plus

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

a nice 6600GT will cost you about $120 if you decide to get the nForce4 board.



MOBO: nForce4 with PCI-E 94.50 or K8T800 with AGP 82.99

CPU: AMD64 3200+ RETAIL 162.99

RAM: 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Dual Channel Kit 81.06

VGA: 6600GT PCI-E about $130 delivered [OPTIONAL - only if you use nForce4]

Total damage:

$327.04 delivered for the K8T800 with AGP :-)

$468.55 delivered for the nForce4 with PCI-E and 6600GT :-D

Not bad at all :-D

Good luck!
December 26, 2005 5:27:11 PM

How fast really are these drives? Is that bang in your face fast or just fast or not that fast... I was thinking of getting one but just the one and getting another one later on down the line.

I already have a HDD but I am going to re-install windows and put all my applications and files on that one and load games etc on the Raptor, would this make my system considerably faster?

Any benchmarks of how this performs against a normal SATA drive?

Danka schun :wink:
December 26, 2005 5:35:19 PM

METAL, RAID 0 does not require an even # of drives, just more than 1. RAID 5 requires 3 or more drives...
RAID 1 tho, requires 2 or 4 drives.
Just setting you straight is all, so your advice is not taken to heart by someone.
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