the new velicaraptor is actually more gigabyte for the money if u do the math and 2 of the old raptors are barely faster then the new one. im currently having some harddrive trouble and if i cant figure it out its reason enough for me to buy the new raptor. lol
how can it be faster I saw a comparative chart where the Velociraptor is just a little faster than the Raptor, and having 2 of them in Raid doubles the performance, and I also came out almost 100$ cheaper since the new velociraptors are 305.99+ taX
Raptors have always let you know they're in your rig, and won't let you forget it. As mentioned earlier, try the rubber mounts. I'd stopped using mine in RAID0 because of the noise for a while, but I went back to them. The quietest I'd ever heard them be was when I had them in a CoolerMaster Cosmos 1000 that I auditioned (and otherwise didn't like).
TBH, I'm not sure the Raptors performance is worth the aural and fiscal cost anymore...lots of other drives that perform well and are quiet.
There is generally no real world(vs. synthetic transfer rate benchmarks) performance advantage to raid of any kind.
Go to www.storagereview.com at this link: http://faq.storagereview.com/tiki-index.php?page=Single...
There are some specific applications that will benefit, but
gaming is not one of them. Even if you have an application which reads one input file sequentially, and writes
it out, you will perform about as well by putting the input on one drive, and the output on the other.
As far as the noise goes, I used fiber gaskets between my Raptor 19 gig and the hard drive cage and plastic one on the screws to isolate the drive from everything. The result has been that I can hardly hear it at all. In fact, the fans of my Antec 900 often make more noise than the Raptor does.
As far as performance goes, it loads the OS and games noticeably faster than the Seagate and the Western Digital on my other computers, so I'm happy with it.
150GB Velociraptors!!!! I wonder when/if those will come out. I'd imagine they'd pretty much kill the current raptor x wd1500adfd. They would have to cost around the $200 mark, probably a bit lower. I'd buy 2 of those in a second and raid 0 them.
I'm currently using 2x wd1500adfd in raid 0. They are a bit loud, definately the loudest noise that comes from my computer at any time. Both of them also make different noises too, I have an early wd1500adfd-00LNR1 and a newer wd1500adfd-00LNR5 and both have different firmware versions.
I got 2 500GB 32MB cache Seagate 7200.11's in raid 0 and they cost me less give me more storage and work as well as 2 raptors.
For what you pay for the raptors they should have a 64MB cache.
I still have 2 37GB raptors in raid 0 on another machine, but I like my 7200.11's better.
The raptor is just not a good deal bang for buck. Especially with the Seagate drives beating them in all but one benchmark.