[Gaming] Best Drive?

Hello:

I'm looking to get the best hard-drive possible for gaming, and I am pretty damn thrown off by the interactive charts. Please vote in the poll which drive you think would be the best option.

Note: I am concerned with speed the most; however, If a 74gb is only going to boot XP or get me in-game 1/2 second faster than a 500gb drive then I would rather go with the 500gb.

Thanks,
Robert
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  1. raid 0 3+ Raptor drives for an extra 2 seconds shaved off your loading times in WOW.


    Or close your eyes and rest for 2 seconds and poof, saved you $450.
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    raid 0 3+ Raptor drives for an extra 2 seconds shaved off your loading times in WOW.


    Or close your eyes and rest for 2 seconds and poof, saved you $450.



    hahaha. you are A GENIUS!!!
  3. Just in case anyone is wondering if the Maxtor ATLAS 15K II 15000RPM HD might be better... After playing with it for a while i prefer my Raptor. However the Atlas makes an amazing storage drive...
    -Cheers
  4. I just like all those benchmarks involving 3dmax, or rendering with Premier. You save maybe 2-5 seconds...some times 15 when you have a better hard drive.


    I dunno about you, but when I am rendering anything or doing something hard drive intensive, im usually occupied by some other project and never notice an extra 20seconds.

    Now, when there are great improvements, like encoding divx between a 1ghz and a c2d, then ya, that is a noticeable improvement. (5-15minutes).
  5. Quote:
    raid 0 3+ Raptor drives for an extra 2 seconds shaved off your loading times in WOW.


    Or close your eyes and rest for 2 seconds and poof, saved you $450.


    3+ ?

    raid 0 has to be 2 or 4 etc drives to do it ;)

    raid 0 seek times go up (bad), raw mb/s goes up (good)
  6. Ah.

    I knew about the seek times though, and I was positive that raid 0 could be any number of drives above 2. (same with raid 1)
  7. Get a Raptor - they're the fastest non-SCSI drives around, and are noticeably faster than 7200 drives.

    It's the games with longer load times that you'll notice the most difference, and those are the ones that are annoying.
  8. only thing i can think of when reading this is... lol at gaming harddrive..... considering aside from loading a zone in perhaps a mmo i cant see how its going to make any difference since almost no game will even read the hard drive at all during play.
  9. pssst... here is a secret. Dont tell anyone....
    but...


    it doesnt.
  10. you never know that 2 seconds might be worth $400 to him :o
  11. Because the 150gig rapter is more dense. (for those who didnt know why).
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    3+ ?

    raid 0 has to be 2 or 4 etc drives to do it ;)

    raid 0 seek times go up (bad), raw mb/s goes up (good)


    Nope, you simply need 2+ drives to do AID0. You can setup a 3, 5, or 7 disk AID0 array. Its a limit of the controller you use, not the RAID level. If you don't believe me, follow this link and look at the pictures. They clearly show the performance difference between 2, 3, and 4 disk AID0 setups.
  13. Thats what I thought.
    I dont bother with large raid 1/0 arays since raid 5 would be more appropriate in most cases.
  14. raid 1 has to be 2 drives not 3 not 4, just 2
    raid 0 is 2+
  15. Ya I double checked just to make sure cause you guys were confusing me..


    Raid 0 or raid 1 can be any number of drives. Look it up, I verified it with a few sites.


    Note: depends how you calculate it. Per controller, per array....

    Bleh. W/e Maybe I am thinking of Raid 1 > raid 0 (2 or more raid 1's.)

    Good night.
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    Because the 150gig rapter is more dense. (for those who didnt know why).


    lol dense, like other things.... *cough* people *cough*
  17. rofl.
    BTW, there is a 15k scsi 1.8in drive that would be awesome for gaming. Front page article still.


    Wonder how much.
  18. To me, the $150 I paid for my 74Gb Raptor is definitely worth it. I absolutely HATE waiting for my hard drive for any amount of time. Even if it is only a few seconds, I'll pay the price for performance.

    If I had the money I'd do a Raptor RAID 0 or even a 15k RPM SCSI if it weren't out of my price range at the moment. XD Being a computer performance enthusiast on a budget sucks. :/

    Edit: In fact I'd rather have an I-Ram for my OS and apps. If only it weren't so blasted expensive for all the RAM I'd need... *flinches from pains in the wallet*
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    rofl.
    BTW, there is a 15k scsi 1.8in drive that would be awesome for gaming. Front page article still.


    Wonder how much.


    ...or maybe two 36 GIG 15k SAS drives :) About a 450 setup...PIC-E bus.....nice :)
  20. if 2 seconds of extra speed is really worth a few hundred dollars to you on loading a game and pretty much nothing else while playing by al means lol. Some people are just not crazy.
  21. Eh. I just experience micro-sleep when games / programs are loading. Its like going into a mini coma, I never remember anyway.
  22. Quote:
    Eh. I just experience micro-sleep when games / programs are loading. Its like going into a mini coma, I never remember anyway.


    (wakes from coma) whaa wah what?
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