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Seagate 7200.10 or 7200.9

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July 14, 2006 2:53:46 PM

Barracuda 7200.10 or Barracuda 7200.9

From what i heard the Barracuda 7200.10 has only a mere 10% improvement in benchmark tests over the Barracuda 7200.9 So, which would u recommend? The Barracuda 7200.10 is slightly more expensive and it has a range of larger capicity drives. but i only need a 250GB one.

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July 14, 2006 3:18:37 PM

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Barracuda 7200.10 or Barracuda 7200.9

From what i heard the Barracuda 7200.10 has only a mere 10% improvement in benchmark tests over the Barracuda 7200.9 So, which would u recommend? The Barracuda 7200.10 is slightly more expensive and it has a range of larger capicity drives. but i only need a 250GB one.


One review I saw showed the 7200.10 performing around the same level as a Raptor. That was a review for the 750GB model, so I don't know if that scales down or not, but it was impressive. That said, I think I'll go for the WD5000ks or ys. I want a quiet drive :) 
a b G Storage
July 14, 2006 6:18:09 PM

As well as a performance improvement over the 7200.9 generation, the 7200.10 drives are also supposed to be quieter.
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July 14, 2006 6:47:00 PM

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As well as a performance improvement over the 7200.9 generation, the 7200.10 drives are also supposed to be quieter.


If noise is an issue, the OP should probably read the review at http://www.silentpcreview.com/article611-page1.html

It's also worth noting that they found that the drive ran very hot (upwards of 50c after some of the testing. It should be cooler in a case, I think, but it's probably not a good choice if don't have well ventalated case.
July 14, 2006 7:17:50 PM

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Barracuda 7200.10 or Barracuda 7200.9

From what i heard the Barracuda 7200.10 has only a mere 10% improvement in benchmark tests over the Barracuda 7200.9 So, which would u recommend? The Barracuda 7200.10 is slightly more expensive and it has a range of larger capicity drives. but i only need a 250GB one.


Newegg had the 7200.10 with 300GB onsale for $104 USD last weekend.

The 7200.10's come from 200-750GB in size and have a substained read of almost a full MBps above a Raptor.
July 14, 2006 7:42:24 PM

Spend the extra bucks on the 7200.10 because it performs better.
July 14, 2006 8:28:05 PM

I was wrong about this drive vs. the raptor. It's xfer is as about good as the 72GB raptor, but not the 150gb raptor (but that's still pretty impressive).

That said, it sounds like this is a very loud drive. Some on storage review said it was too much to bare (louder than a raptor) and they intended to sell it. SPCR's review didn't seem to think it was that bad, but they certainly wouldn't recommend it for silent computing.
a b G Storage
July 14, 2006 10:27:09 PM

I read in the technical specs for the 7200.10 generation that they put out about 25dba..... whereas the 7200.9 generation put out around 28dba...
July 14, 2006 10:42:41 PM

I have a 750GB drive and I cant hear it over my two X1900s. If you have a X1xxx card then the noise of the drive wont affect you.
July 14, 2006 10:45:33 PM

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I read in the technical specs for the 7200.10 generation that they put out about 25dba..... whereas the 7200.9 generation put out around 28dba...


According to tests by SPCR they both are 24dba at idle, but during a normal seek (niether support AAM) the .10 is between 28 and 34dba, while the .9 is between 26 and 29dba.

Apparently their test sample of the .9 had some sort of whining problem, but others said their .9 did not. SPCRs .10 didn't have a whining problem, but it may or may not exist on one you buy (it's too soon to tell).

IMO, if you want a high performance high capacity drive, the .10 is a great choice, but it's not a good choice if you want a quiet drive. For that, you're better off looking at WD's 5000ks. If the YS is about as quiet as the KS, then that'd be a good choice for performance (but it's not as fast as the Seagate based on what I've read)
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