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January 17, 2006 11:33:18 PM

I have a 74 gig raptor and i am looking to upgrade.Is there anything better for gamming?I noticed wd has a new 150 gig model is it better than the 74 gig version?are any of the new 300-500 models close to the same speeds as the raptor?I guess what im asking is could someone list the best of the best harddrives for me to narrow down my options im looking at getting 2 storage drives and 2 speed demon drives. thank you..
January 18, 2006 11:17:13 AM

"I noticed wd has a new 150 gig model is it better than the 74 gig version?"

Just a littel larger...

About the only way to increase your percieved speed would probably be to go to a RAID 0...

As for the newer/larger drives, the SATA Barracudas in 400 MB capacity have been highly praised...but just not quite as fast as the Raptors...;

A pair of *those* in a RAID 0 would be quite nice, I'd bet!
January 18, 2006 1:48:36 PM

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"I noticed wd has a new 150 gig model is it better than the 74 gig version?"

Just a littel larger...
and a little faster...
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January 18, 2006 1:52:50 PM

Quote:
"I noticed wd has a new 150 gig model is it better than the 74 gig version?"

Just a littel larger...
and a little faster...

They both have the same transfer rates
January 18, 2006 2:14:36 PM

The 150gb Raptor is top dog with faster seek times.
January 18, 2006 2:39:20 PM

Either get a 2nd 74gb Raptor and put them both in RAID0 (serious speed) and then get a 300gb SATA drive for backup and documents etc.

Or save up lots of bucks, sell the 74 and buy a pair of 150's. Then get the SATA drive :p 
January 18, 2006 3:10:28 PM

Quote:
The 150gb Raptor is top dog with faster seek times.


The 150gb has a .1ms slower read access time, and a .7ms faster write access time, with a .2ms track to track increase...

Ohh boy!
January 18, 2006 9:55:18 PM

Actually, not same transfer speed, the 74gig has a 72 MB/s (Sustained) transfer, and the 150gig Raptor has a 84 MB/s (Sustained) transfer rate... about 17% faster!!!
January 18, 2006 10:55:46 PM

alright so should i get another 74 gig raptor and put in a raid 0 config is that the best config for gamming still or is there something better or should i look at sata 2 and ncq technology?
January 19, 2006 12:01:35 AM

2-74gig Raptors RAID0 are faster than ANY single drive at non-server use, SCSI or SATA2
January 19, 2006 10:59:46 AM

ok thankyou rich thats what i wanted to know.
January 19, 2006 11:44:45 AM

A high-end hardware RAID controller from 3Ware, LSI, Adaptec or Areca can offer even more performance.

A 3Ware Escalade 9550SX 64bit PCI-X controller offers 800MB/sec reads and 350MB/sec writes in RAID5 if you have enough drives.

PCI-X != PCI-Express

PCI-X and PCI-Express are completely different. PCI-X is found on high-end workstation and server motherboards.

Areca makes a decent PCI-Express controller which could theoretically be used in an SLI motherboard with 2 fully functional x16 PCI-Express slots.

Do not discount SCSI however a nice SCSI controller with 15000 RPM drives can offer great performance if you are willing to make the investment. :D 
January 19, 2006 3:12:10 PM

Quote:
Actually, not same transfer speed, the 74gig has a 72 MB/s (Sustained) transfer, and the 150gig Raptor has a 84 MB/s (Sustained) transfer rate... about 17% faster!!!


lol

They must have used the 74gb version's page as a template because up until a day or two ago it said 72mb's for the 150's transfer rate in the specs
January 21, 2006 3:06:34 AM

When I first saw that drive a week or so ago, the first thing I noticed was the 20% bump in speed.
January 22, 2006 2:37:00 AM

Yes, the new WD RAptors are faster... significantly faster in some cases. One bench I saw showed it being about 25% faster in data transfer compared to the old 74GB raptors.

The dream solution would be to get 2x 150GB Raptors and use then in RAID 0.

U will pwn the enemy.

-mpjesse
January 22, 2006 10:26:46 AM

The tranfer rates increase alot when using Raid 0, but how about the I/O count? will it not be reduced?
January 22, 2006 10:49:15 PM

No, increased, and the better the drive and/or controller the better the i/o performance.
btw, I get about 110MB average sustained transfer and 7.5ms average access times with my 2x74gig Raptors onboard ULi RAID0 controller
January 25, 2006 6:26:08 AM

II just installed a WD1500ADFD-00NLR0 and to compare it to my WD740GD-00FLA1 it is faster in some operations and about the same in others. It is more quiet than the 74 (instead of a loud access noise it sounds muted). In everyday use the access time is the same, burst rate is faster and transferred 29 gig of data from the 74 in @ 7m 45s. I think the 16meg cache helped a lot on the initial burst rate. It does seem to load large programs faster like PhotoShop and most games. In auto save mode, like COD, it does not burp and you only see the "game saved" text. It does load the next stage faster. I have it on a Asus A8V-d with a Venice 3500+ and 2gig of ram. I really like the extra room on this Raptor. No, I didn't run benchmarks with it. I went through that obsession several years ago and I don't care how it compares to anything else as long as it works for me and I am happy.
January 25, 2006 11:12:16 PM

That is averaging about 64MB/sec, pretty good.
January 25, 2006 11:48:42 PM

Hey wusy! Good to see you also. I am here everyday just don't post much.
January 27, 2006 9:07:28 PM

how much of a difference would it make to add another 74 gig raptor and put them in raid 0 slight performance increase or big increase?Is it worth my money?
January 27, 2006 10:37:32 PM

I am looking at getting another drive mostly for gaming and another bigger drive for storage i.e music movies software etc. i have the money but before i spend it i wanna make sure its worth another 160 bux.to be a little more specific is it a decent increase a big increase or a waste of money?
January 27, 2006 11:20:28 PM

Uhhh... you might actually try looking at some benchmarks before making statements like that.

In one transfer test, the 150GB raptor is 23% faster than it's 74GB predecessor. See here:

http://www.storagereview.com/articles/200601/WD1500ADFD...

Quote:
Due to its 75 GB platters, the WD1500 achieves an outer-zone (maximum) transfer rate of 88.3 megabytes per second, an improvement of 23% over the WD740GD. This score essentially matches those turned in by the Maxtor Atlas 10K V and the Fujitsu MAT3300 and leads the Hitachi Ultrastar 10K300 and Seagate Cheetah 10K.7. Against SATA drives featuring higher densities but lower spindle speeds, the newest Raptor easily leads the pack.


I'd say it's more than a little faster...

-mpjesse
January 30, 2006 3:14:29 PM

So here is what i'm thinking about doing. I'm going to build a new computer from the ground up I have a little money to spend and want the best rig for gaming, what I have now isn't horrible but can't help but to upgrade! What would be the best scnario?

2x 74gb raptor drives in a raid0 config (possible to add a 3rd hard drive seperate from the 2 raid hdd? I know very little about raid).

or

1x 15,000rpg drive?

and raid0 is mirror right?

And my last few questions, what would be the best amd socket 939 mobo to accompany these drives?

I plan on using this ram:

2x512mb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Any feed back to make this computer setup better would be greatly appreciated!

THANKS!
January 31, 2006 7:36:03 PM

Negative!

NO.

RAID 0 = stripe = NO redundancy whatsoever

RAID 1 = mirror = 1 way redundancy

Semper Fi Linux on!
January 31, 2006 7:38:46 PM

If you want to OC get a DFI LAN party nForce4 otherwise ASUS A8N nForce4.

Yes you can have 2 HDDs in RAID 1 and 1 or more other HDDs just for storage.
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