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Worth an extra $10 for more cache?

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a b G Storage
July 30, 2006 2:14:03 AM

I came across these two hard drives, and am wondering if 8MB more cache will make a difference. Please give me your input:

SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP2504C 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM


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July 30, 2006 3:08:03 AM

$10 ? get that cash for that a$$
July 30, 2006 3:16:40 AM

Spend the $10 and get the 16MB cache.
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July 30, 2006 3:18:23 AM

No question about it, pay the money and get the bigger cache.
July 30, 2006 3:43:02 AM

the extra cache would definately help out with your hard drive performance
July 30, 2006 3:53:22 AM

Dude, totally go for it. Unless you have to use that 10 bucks for something important like paying bills or something I suggest you get that extra cache!
July 30, 2006 3:54:34 AM

Go for the extra cache.
July 30, 2006 4:07:44 AM

10$ is hardly worth thinking about lol but if money is super tight on your build then perhaps 10$ somewhere else could be better but if this is just adding a HD on your own machine and your not sure its worth 10$ more.... that realy depends on what you do :) 

Personaly I would go for it...

I also just noticed this ! they are the same price after mail in rebate.
July 30, 2006 4:13:24 AM

Wow, I hadn't even noticed that. Well I guess it IS worth it then. Get a more for your money!
a b G Storage
July 30, 2006 4:38:54 AM

heh, then I guess I will. Thanks.
July 30, 2006 4:54:19 AM

heh, then I guess I will. Thanks.

One word of caution... you have like a 80% chance of getting that rebate :(  it should be 100% and also I made up the 80% part lol well my experience with rebates does tell me its about 80%... you have to fill out the paper work just right :( 
a b G Storage
July 30, 2006 5:00:57 AM

I do take advantages of rebates, but they don't affect what I buy because I already declared that most rebates don't come anyways.
July 31, 2006 11:19:56 AM

Yeah, those drives are great. I have two of them next to my Raptor, and they're awesome. One devoted to Linux, the other for my documents and other data. Very fast, very quiet, and run nice and cool.

The Samsungs tend to be a little quieter, but because of their spindle design, they lose a little bit of performance. But if you have any kind of fans in your system, you'll never notice the difference.
July 31, 2006 12:01:20 PM

Cache on hard drives matters ALOT in loading times, especialy in games like oblivion, so i would go for it mate, i upgraded to 8mb cache from 2mb and the difference was dramatic
July 31, 2006 1:51:14 PM

what you got there are two different drives,,,,wd is much better even with 8mCache..
go for the ks drive..
bigger cache will give you better performance only when you transfer files

good luck..
July 31, 2006 2:09:47 PM

Yes.In this case it is a great ideal to purchase the hd with the bigger cache as it will improve performance overall.And for only 10 dollars more you can't really go wrong.


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July 31, 2006 11:56:23 PM

Don't spend the money as tests show little improvement in real world use, I think 3% or less. I also wouldn't spend $10 more just to have a WD, as Samsung makes very reliable, quiet hard drives.
August 1, 2006 2:52:06 AM

Well it also depends on what applications you're running on your computer. Say you're running games you might notice a slight performance in load times but that's mostly dependant on the CPU and HDD together.
August 1, 2006 11:11:56 AM

Western Digital has been making hard drives since before Windows 95 came out - our old Gateway Pentium 200 MMX had a Western Digital.

Samsung is still pretty new to the hard drive market. They're pretty good, but I like the safety of a more mature brand name. All three of my drives are Western Digital.