i would go with the two 74's in a raid 0, makes the access times faster, but i can see where there are also benefits to only having to deal with one drive, dont have to worry as much if one of the drives goes out.
I have two 74s in RAID 0. If I had the opportunity to do it again, I would definitly go with the single 150 & avoid the RAID. Running two disks exposes me to twice the risk of system failure with very little, if any up side.
I have 2 x 74gig Raptors in RAID0, and they are unquestionably faster than a single 150gig Raptor in every aspect.
Granted, there is a doubled increased risk of failure, but that single Raptor has half that risk.
anyways, I have run a RAID0 array off and on for about 4 years with no failures, and I have no regrets other than I wish I had 2 of the 150gig Raptors in RAID0! :wink:
Get the 150GB raptor server editon (not the x). 2x74GB raptor have
-Twice the chance of failure
-2gb less storage 148 to 150
-The 150 has an acctual sata conection (the 74 had a ata to sata adaptor)
-You only have to cool 1 drive with the 150
Your chances of a regular hard drive failing after a few days of use is very small, and the risk of a Raptor, which is built to higher quality standards and components, plus backed by a longer 5 yr warranty, is even smaller of failing... multiply that by two, and you still have very good chances of having no problems with your RAID 0 array, and you will most likely then just reap the benefits of a faster performing drive.
Me, I would like 2x 150gig Raptors :wink:
The only different between the X and the "server" (i.e. non-X) version is the clear plastic outer casing, and $50. Their performance is exactly the same (though I'd suspect that the server version would cool slightly better with an all metal casing than half metal, half polycarbonite. It's jsut a mater of saving some money that would be useless from a performance perspective (though is you're going for a show case, than the X version may be right for you)
ok i would get the x version because i am looking for the raptor case special exition acrylic case its clear but i dont know if the temps of those cases are cool i read that some cases get to even 210F and hell no i am not getting that case so i was wondering if that is true?
And mabye anybody has some reviews on acrylic cases?
I don't dig the RAID being a problem, cat... ya got ta go with tha flow, and if two is better than one, it's gotta be done...
Anywho, one thing I'd like to point out is that the almighty MOBO can have a lot to do with how much abuse your drives can take... and mine (ASUS A8N32SLI) has my back. I've tortured my rig since I put it and other new components in, the RAID still hasn't failed me. The only RAID failure I've had was most likely a virus that NorXXX let slip by (within a week of installing, which is why I have Zone Alarm again...).