Here is my system specs
Alienware m17x r4
12 gb ram
750 gb Seagate 7200 rpm
1tb Western Digital 5400 rpm
ATI 7970 2gb
Hear goes my story please read..
I brought the rig with just the Seagate drive and decided to add-on the 1 TB for more space to install the games too. Well for most part games ran great. However i noticed a small stutter sometimes on many games, when things involved a random sound, i thought it was sound issue/ incompatibility game issue. I tried everything until recently i decided to replay Skyrim, older game by most and it still stuttered occasionally when i would guess something unexpected would happen, like random speech.
So i tried a test, installed copy on Seagate drive and a copy of Skyrim on my WD drive and guess what, the copy on the Seagate drive never stutters, runs smoothly as opposed to the wd drive. I am now in the process of trying other games that stuttered.
My question is i guess why is this? Does the 5400 to 7200 really make that much of difference? I suspect it has something to do with WD not spinning at full speed or even powering down. I guess i just want to know before i order another Seagate.
From the looks of it, it probably is just the rpm difference that's causing the problems. Larger, slower disks for storage are ok because they don't get accessed a lot, but system hdd's and game hdd's really need the faster speeds. Hope this helps.