I am wondering about that - since I saw a few posts that say that over 8MB cache, you won't see any signigicant difference.. So buying 8MB cache vs 16MB for 74 GB raptors - is it worth the extra money? Any benchmarks available?
It depends on how you use the drive. I'd wager that most people would never know the difference. It will show in benchmarks, though.
1) Graphic Design
2) System performance ( multitasking, antivirus monitoring, installing new software etc )
2) Video Edit ( rendering )
3) Streaming Rhapsody music
4) Downloads ( bittorent, e-mule, limewire etc )
ps. ALL my downloads are for educational purposes only, and are 100% legal
Macros written for editing projects might benefit from a larger cache and if you work long days at max throughput pace, then it could turn out to be a real performance advantage for you. I've set up automated processes that would benefit far more than those where there was the need for continuous interaction. Stop to blow your nose and that extra cache is offering no advantage. If your servers are getting hit hard and are near capacity, you may be able to easily see differences in cache, but if your work is interactive and you like to stop and stare into space dreamstorming or if you hang by the coffee pot when the cutie down the hall is refilling her cup, then you might just have lost any advantage.