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Help! WD Caviar Green good for gaming?

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November 9, 2011 4:14:12 PM

Hello. I'm building a new PC in literally a few days, in excitement for Skyrim. The problem is that Hard Drive prices have like tripled, and I'm in a tricky situation. I'm buying monitor, keyboard, OS etc as well. I want this system to cost less then 1.1 grand, but 1.15 grand is the absolute limit, but its the abolsute limit, so I want to stay in the safe zone.

Anyway, about this situation, I'm stuck between WD Caviar Green and WD Caviar Black. The specs are both the same (Sata 6gb/s, 64mb cache, 7200rpm) but the Caviar Black is £60 more. Apparently the Caviar Black has higher performance, but I don't exactly see how. Here are my specs:

GTX 550 ti
i5 2300
P8z68-V
Corsair Carbide 500r White Edition
Intel Stock Cooler
8GB Corsair Vengeance
Corsair GS600
Viewsonic 1680x1050 120hz (No 3D vision)

Does the Caviar Black actually have better gaming performance/speeds or is it not worth £60?

PS: Does 64mb over 32mb cache make much of a difference in performance?

Thanks for answers.

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a b G Storage
November 9, 2011 4:32:08 PM

WD Black is faster.Green doesn't runs at slower speeds(not 7200RPM),so it's overall slower.If you can afford the black,then go for it;otherwise,go with the Green
November 9, 2011 4:37:25 PM

Maziar said:
WD Black is faster.Green doesn't runs at slower speeds(not 7200RPM),so it's overall slower.If you can afford the black,then go for it;otherwise,go with the Green


Is the performance gap really big or relatively small?
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a b G Storage
November 9, 2011 4:46:59 PM

go with caviar black
November 9, 2011 4:48:15 PM

WD Green drives do not spin at 7200 RPM. They spin at some speed (not known before buying) between 5400 and 7200 RPM. A green drive is good for storage, but not for a boot drive.

I would suggest buying a smaller non-green drive over a larger green drive. Once prices drop you can add a second HDD for much cheaper if you actually need more space.
November 9, 2011 5:14:25 PM

nordlead said:
WD Green drives do not spin at 7200 RPM. They spin at some speed (not known before buying) between 5400 and 7200 RPM. A green drive is good for storage, but not for a boot drive.

I would suggest buying a smaller non-green drive over a larger green drive. Once prices drop you can add a second HDD for much cheaper if you actually need more space.


I found the WD Caviar Black 750gb for £10 less than the Caviar Green 1TB. Should I go for the 750GB Caviar Black?
November 9, 2011 5:33:50 PM

I'd go for the 750GB Caviar Black over a 1TB Caviar Green.

I forgot to mention, Sata 3 6Gbps doesn't matter (over SATA 2 3Gbps) and 64MB of cache really doesn't give you much over 32MB of cache. If you can find a Sata2, 32MB cache version for cheaper I'd probably go with that.
a b G Storage
November 10, 2011 11:18:22 AM

AlphaStorm said:
I found the WD Caviar Black 750gb for £10 less than the Caviar Green 1TB. Should I go for the 750GB Caviar Black?

If you're fine with the capacity,then yes go for it
And again yes,the performance difference is notable
a b G Storage
November 10, 2011 1:39:32 PM

i am using a 640 caviar black with 32 meg and well satisfited been running for three years now
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