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SATA 3.0Gb/s 7200 rpm vs. SATA 1.5Gb/s 10000rpm

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May 16, 2008 3:51:48 AM

I was thinking about buying a new HD mainly for playing games.
Being that the price difference is really high I thought I ask what you all think is the better choice of drive. I tend to buy small HD's and put one or 2 games per drive..yes I'm that Anal. I currently have alot of older 40 gb IDE drives and want to get away from those fossils.

SATA 3.0Gb/s 7200 rpm
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SATA 1.5Gb/s 10000rpm

Whats more important Throughput or RPMs?
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May 21, 2008 4:15:48 PM

The 1.5 or 3.0 specs are NOT "throughput", they are the MAXIMUM data transfer speeds possible between the drive and the mobo's controller. In actual operation, it is rare to achieve even the 1.5 speed for anything over a brief few seconds. So many people would suggest that a faster rpm, giving you shorter times to reach the target sector, is more important, because head seek and sector seek times have MUCH larger impacts on average data transfer rates for small files.

I'm not a gamer and cannot speak from experience, but I'd suggest you examine carefully just how much faster would your performance be with the 10,000 rpm drive? Whatever that is, is it worth the $$ you're talking about?
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