Solved YA SATA vs SAS Ques Tags: Hard Drives SAS Hewlett Packard Storage Last response: February 14, 2010 8:56 PM in Storage Share Flyswatter February 1, 2010 7:50:49 PM I've got an HP XW4600 workstation and I plan on continuing to run WinXP. It's currently got a 7200rpm 160gb seagate. I run Most adobe apps, Office07, etc and WITHOUT considering raid, I'm after increasing XP/office load timeas much as possible. I realize SAS is meant for servers but I can get a deal on an EA330AA HP 147GB SAS 3GB/S 15K drive and the LSI SAS3041E-HP 4-Port PCI-E SAS/SATA RAID Controller for approx $225.00 The new WD 10k Velociraptor for approx. $160.00 At these prices cost isn't an issue. Question is, would the SAS setup blow away the Raptor or just eek out a win by a nose; considering my setup. Thanks in advance for ANY feedback. More about : sata sas ques sminlal a c 415 G Storage February 1, 2010 10:02:12 PM The SAS should give you noticeably faster application load times because it's higher spin rate ought to translate to shorter access times. But it still won't come close to an SSD. m 0 l Flyswatter February 1, 2010 10:12:22 PM Thanks sminlal $SD isn't in my budget Forgot to mention the workstation is a Core 2 Duo E8600 3.33Ghz w/4gigs Ram When you say faster load times, are you referring to SAS vs Raptor or SAS vs my current 7200rpm drive? m 0 l Related resources SATA SSD vs SAS HDD in 12 node cluster - Forum RIAD/SAS controller card and backplane drive cage vs SATA to SATA only drive setup? - Forum SAS 6Gb raid VS. SATA III 6Gb raid - Forum SAS vs SAS2 / SATA ii vs SATA iii Backplane - Forum SAS vs SAS2 / SATA ii vs SATA iii Backplane - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Best solution sminlal a c 415 G Storage February 2, 2010 5:04:00 AM 15K SAS would be faster than 10K Raptor, which would be faster than a standard 7200 drive. Share Flyswatter February 14, 2010 8:55:50 PM Just to follow-up Installed the HP drive which is a Fujitsu MBA3147RC (a bit old I know) with an LSI3041 controller and decided to go with Win7 Glad I chose the SAS 'cause anything slower would be a disappointment. Of course there are a few issues and I'll be posting those in a new thread. m 0 l Flyswatter February 14, 2010 8:56:33 PM Best answer selected by Flyswatter. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SAS vs SATA Forum SolvedSATA Only vs. SATA/SAS mixed Forum SolvedSas ssd vs sata ssd Forum SolvedSATA3 vs SAS vs SSD? Forum Cable matters? SATA vs. SATA II vs. sas Forum Sata vs Sas Forum Difference between near Line SATA vs Near Line SAS Forum Sata3 vs sas vs ssd Forum Fusion-io vs ssd raid vs sas raid vs sata raid Forum SATA Harddrive Vs SAS Forum Need help picking SAS vs SATA Forum RAID 0 - SATA vs. SSD vs. SAS Forum SAS vs Sata Forum 3x750GB SATA RAID5 vs Single 300GB SAS Questions!! Forum sata vs sas Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !