So is a single 7200.12 better than a Raptor?

Just brainstorming here,

Is it a better idea to get a 7200.12? I want good bang for buck when it comes to HD performance. Size doesn't really matter to me, I only play TF2 and surf the web and listen to pandora.com, openoffice, etc.

Still trying to research cheap SSD alternatives like CF with a Sata or IDE adapter, I just can't get a straight answer from anywhere. If anyone who's good at that sort of thing wants give me advice on that, that's be cool too.
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  1. Considering .12's dont exist no they wont be better than a raptor.

    Raptors are still nice for seek times but not much else, youd be best off with a 7200.11 (these exist) at about 400-500gb mark and youll get alot more value for money.
  2. OH jeez I coudln't remember off the top of my head whether it was .11 or .12
    thanks tho
  3. Funny, I was about to flame Chookman when I saw the date...

    now that the 7200.12s are a reality and have suspected 160MB/s transfer rates, the bang for the buck is definitely there now...haha
  4. A reality? Where? Seagate's website doesn't list it.
  5. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148377

    They've been out for about a week now, still a pretty unnecessary gravedig.
  6. Interesting. I wonder why it isn't on Seagate's website yet...
  7. i thought all that mattered was...

    Interface SATA 3.0Gb/s
    Capacity 500GB
    RPM 7200 RPM
    Cache 16MB

    ^
    those numbers, what is the .11 and .12's do they make a difference, or just a newer series.
  8. The .12's are newer, therefore they are faster.

    Specifically, they have higher areal density.
  9. I have a Seagate Barracuda ES.2 250GB. It runs 7200 rpm and has a 32 meg buffer. It comes in 500gb and 750gb versions too. I love this hard drive. It is very fast durable and quiet. I have gotten read speeds of around 87mb/s. It was made to run in servers so you know its gotta be tough. I got mine from cdw but newegg has them as well. Take a look.

    http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/compare.aspx
  10. cjl said:
    The .12's are newer, therefore they are faster.

    Specifically, they have higher areal density.


    Yeah like 500gb per platter :D
  11. Despite the lower 16mb cache the 7200.12's do have one 500gb platter compared to a 250gb(I think) platter. This will have a larger impact even though it has half of the chache.
  12. Just got one on newegg, extremely fast. Makes me happy. Almost silent!

    Mah newz bayst friend :love:
  13. I got (2) 7200.12 and set them up in RAID 0.

    HDTach in Vista 64:
    Average Read: 211 MB/s
    Burst: 263 MB/s

    Average read in the first 500GB of the RAID was around 230 MB/s.

    I didn't test single drive speed, but all the reviews seem to be getting 107 MB/s in HDTach.

    Other points... this drive runs cool, fast, and extremely quiet (I never here them). I highly recommend the Seagate 7200.12 series!
  14. MikeD096 said:
    I got (2) 7200.12 and set them up in RAID 0.

    HDTach in Vista 64:
    Average Read: 211 MB/s
    Burst: 263 MB/s

    Average read in the first 500GB of the RAID was around 230 MB/s.

    I didn't test single drive speed, but all the reviews seem to be getting 107 MB/s in HDTach.

    Other points... this drive runs cool, fast, and extremely quiet (I never here them). I highly recommend the Seagate 7200.12 series!


    Miked, may I just ask what RAID controller you are using for those speeds. I have hooked up Raid-0 on a new pair of 7200.12's and am getting no where near those speeds. ~170mb/s max, burst of about the same too, admittedly performance across the 1Tb is good (i.e. flat and consistent) but I was a little disappointed (NVidia 630i Chipset) considering my Hitachi 7k1000.b has transfers of 120-80 and has a burst speed of 240mb/s

    Regards,

    Ian
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