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[Gaming] Best Drive?

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Best Gaming Hard Drive

Total: 25 votes (1 blank vote)

  • Hitachi GTS DeskStar 7K500 [Best XP Startup]
  • 0 %
  • Hitachi GTS DeskStar 7K160 [Best Interface Performance]
  • 0 %
  • Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD [Best Random Access Time, Best Average Read, Best Average Write]
  • 55 %
  • Western Digital SE16 WD5000KS [All-Arround Average/High Scores, Best Price/Performance]
  • 21 %
  • Other Drive [Please Post]
  • 9 %
  • Wait for Vista''''s ReadyDrives
  • 17 %
January 25, 2007 6:32:30 PM

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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a b G Storage
January 25, 2007 7:49:58 PM

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.
January 25, 2007 8:28:05 PM

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.



hahaha. you are A GENIUS!!!
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January 25, 2007 8:35:40 PM

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
a b G Storage
January 25, 2007 8:46:50 PM

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).
a b G Storage
January 25, 2007 9:33:20 PM

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)
a b G Storage
January 25, 2007 10:01:30 PM

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)
January 25, 2007 10:42:38 PM

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.
January 25, 2007 11:03:46 PM

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.
a b G Storage
January 25, 2007 11:17:33 PM

pssst... here is a secret. Dont tell anyone....
but...



it doesnt.
January 25, 2007 11:21:39 PM

you never know that 2 seconds might be worth $400 to him :o 
a b G Storage
January 25, 2007 11:21:40 PM

Because the 150gig rapter is more dense. (for those who didnt know why).
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a b G Storage
January 25, 2007 11:24:38 PM

Quote:


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.
a b G Storage
January 25, 2007 11:26:08 PM

Thats what I thought.
I dont bother with large raid 1/0 arays since raid 5 would be more appropriate in most cases.
January 25, 2007 11:26:12 PM

raid 1 has to be 2 drives not 3 not 4, just 2
raid 0 is 2+
a b G Storage
January 25, 2007 11:30:43 PM

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.
a b G Storage
January 26, 2007 3:55:07 AM

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


lol dense, like other things.... *cough* people *cough*
a b G Storage
January 26, 2007 12:54:46 PM

rofl.
BTW, there is a 15k scsi 1.8in drive that would be awesome for gaming. Front page article still.


Wonder how much.
January 26, 2007 1:20:32 PM

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*
January 26, 2007 1:23:44 PM

Quote:
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 :) 
January 26, 2007 3:18:56 PM

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.
a b G Storage
January 26, 2007 6:33:43 PM

Eh. I just experience micro-sleep when games / programs are loading. Its like going into a mini coma, I never remember anyway.
January 27, 2007 6:23:55 PM

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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