Quick question - building a new workstation for 3d modeling/animation. mostly running maya, 3ds max, after-effects, zbrush, photoshop, etc etc etc. Obviously this is a workstation - so I don't want to spend my whole budget on ssd's cause i need a lot of storage space and plan on spending a large portion of my budget on a pair of quadro 4000's in SLI. Anywhere between 500 - 1tb for the main 4 primary drives in raid 0 - and your guys's opinions on the best 2-3TB drives (2 for another raid 0 config)
so yeah, what's your opinion on the best drives for a 4 drive raid 0 config (7200 - 10k rpm)
and then opinions on the best drives 2-3TB drives for a raid0 config
and i really dont wanna hear about "well for the price of those 2 quadro's you could be running some ssd's instead!" I don't want ssd's. I do very high-def models and animation scene's - the project files and video outputs etc exceed 500mb - 1gb per video - plus the files for the scenes, models, textures, etc etc - it uses a ton of space. i dont wanna spend $600 for 250-512gb ssd's.
Seagate 7200.12 is a great drive that benchmarks well by itself and in RAID 0. It's inexpensive and works perfectly with almost any modern motherboard (chipset, raid controller) and operation system. Did i mention cheap? ~ $20 less than WD Black and more consistent performance.
For sustained read/writes, which is what you're doing, it also benchmarks better when RAID 0'd with 2+ drives.