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Raptor 10000RPM vs Standard 7200RPM Hard Drive

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November 13, 2007 4:06:44 PM

Here's my question:

-What's the performance gain between 10000RPM and 7200RPM Hard Drive besides loading time?
-Do you get in-game performance gain? (More FPS, etc..)

Thank you
November 13, 2007 4:29:56 PM

Fast hard drives will not give you more frames per second. They will provide a larger sustained transfer rate, and a lower access time. Generally speaking, not much for a gaming computer.
November 13, 2007 6:31:21 PM

So I could use a Performance Raid 0 setup with 2 x 160Gb SATA 3Gb/s and 7200 RPM?
-This would not affect game performance at all?

If yes, that's good news since I would save $$$ and having more storage capacity.
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a b G Storage
November 13, 2007 6:36:28 PM

Faster hard drive will not affect FPS. The only thing a Raptor will do is allow you to load a game a bit faster, and save your games faster.
November 13, 2007 7:20:03 PM

Coming from a user of both RAID and high performance hard drives, both RAID and Raptors are a waste for a gaming machine, gaming is the last thing you need a fast hard drive for. Once the game is loaded into the RAM, there's very little reading off of the hard drive. You won't get faster fps with a faster hard drive.

November 13, 2007 7:59:38 PM

high speed drives are good for gaminf just not doe some of you. It may not help FPS but in MMO's it will greatly reduce zone load times.

November 20, 2007 3:37:23 PM

But if you have $400 to spare for storage I recommend 2 150 GB Raptors in Raid 0. Cant be beat except my Cheatahs...Plus they are damn sexy in a lit up open case window at Lan parties, other folks drool over them.

Where did you get the IDE - Sata converter? My IDE ribbon is a pain to work with and I have some Sata ports available...
November 20, 2007 4:21:12 PM

If I had to rebuild my computer, knowing what I know now, the Raptor would be the only part I'd buy again. It's one of the better performance updgrades I've done. Load times, defrags, installs, etc. are all greatly improved.

That being said, don't buy one if you don't have the cash. If you only care about gaming, then you should get a 7200 drive, and use the ~$200 you save for a better video card -- you'll get better bang for your buck that way...
November 20, 2007 4:22:41 PM

the 'secure connect' sata cables you see, come stock with retail raptors... standard sata hdds dont have the required design to accomodate them, such as theyre keyed differently.
November 24, 2007 12:30:46 AM

I have asked this on another place aswell, but I think this topic fits my question very well:

I am buying a new PC in January too and I am still wondering which hard-disk setup to take.

Maybe you can help me, I am leaning forward to either:

2x Raptor X 150GB (in raid 0) + 750 GB Samsung F1 32 MB Cache


2x Samsung F1 750 GB 32 MB Cache (in raid 0)

The first one is about 200 Euro more expensive than the second setup.

Is this 200 Euro well spend or are they about equity fast? My total budget is about 3000 - 3200 Euro and I use it mainly for games.

Thanks in advance!

PS: Is there any news on when the new Raptors will be released?
November 25, 2007 11:43:06 PM

rumors say updated raptors will come around summer 2008, but being as how there isnt any real public information given by wd on them, rumors are all we are able to go on currently.
November 26, 2007 12:07:40 AM

get two drives. buy the smallest possible raptor (i believe it is 36 gigs) and install your os and any apps that need a speed sensitive hard drive. install everything else on a standard 7200.

the downside to the raptors is they sound just about like coffee grinders at times...they can be loud! if you are one of those people who gets angry if you can hear your machine over the noise of small insects, you don't wanna go with a raptor.

another obvious downside is cost.
a b G Storage
November 26, 2007 12:27:54 AM

You would not see a FPS improvement but if you do Database, Photoshop (large images) you would defenetly see the improvement from a 10k rpm drive.