Ok, so I've got a strange situation where I've been using an evaluation copy of XP for the last few months and it expires tonight. I've got a copy of vista business to throw on the machine, but the thing is I wanted to implement a separate drive for swap. I have a pair of WD 250gb 16mb cache drives in a raid 0 configuration on a stand alone raid card. I was debating getting a compact flash card with and IDE adapter and dedicating it to swap when I setup vista, or springing for a raptor. I'd have to replace my two existing DVD IDE burners with SATA ones (which I'd been hoping to do anyway) as my 965 board has only 1 IDE channel, the price difference isn't too huge.
What do you guys think would be a better situation, CF with low access times, or Raptor with better throughput?
On a side note, when setting up my stripes, I was debating between 16kb and 32 kb, any thoughts?
In Vista you can use a usb flash drive for your swap file, it would probably leave you with enough cash left for the raptor as well. The flash drive works pretty well for swap, nearly instantaneous access times but low throughput. It would save you the IDE hassle as well. Then if you did get the raptor, you could install Vista there, use the thumb drive for your swap, and your raid array for your files.(fast)
Picking between just the flash drive or the raptor, I would get the raptor. I think you would see more noticeable benefit from that.
The stripe size for raid arrays is a hot topic around here, frankly I haven't seen any definitive answer on what is the best stripe for everyday use. Maybe we will get a good answer this time. :wink:
I've got 4gb of RAM already, but unfortunately I only have a 32bit copy of vista business. Not complaining though as I got it for free. Ya I picked up a USB memory stick for a couple bucks to dedicate to readyboost in Vista. Just want to minimize my disk thrashing on the array. You think I'd have better performance from vista off of a raptor than off of the array? I know for sure I want my apps on the array as I'm an MMO gamer, and instance loading off of RAID 0 is quite nice
Yeah, you will see some very noticable benefits from running your operating system and apps on different drives. Even if the other drive wasn't a raptor, I would install OS and apps on different drives. I have a 74 gb raptor that I partitioned ~30gb for XP and ~40 gb for Vista, while I keep all of my apps on my array.
I personally have never had a raid array die on me, but the added security is another benefit you get of not having your OS on your raid array.
Pete: wow, how big is your thumb drive then? a 4gb or 8gb? the one that I picked up is only a 1gb as I was just hoping to supplement a page file on a hard drive. It's a 1gb version of this: http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
picked it up for $5 at a closing clearance sale at a computer store near my house.
You think I should just get a bigger one and dedicate it as the swap drive?
Bought a 74gb raptor over the weekend, setup vista on it with the swap file and 1gb readyboost stick, all apps and data on the raid 0 array. Running reat. I'm actually getting better performance in my games than I was under XP, kinda crazy, thanks for the advice!