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a b G Storage
April 18, 2001 5:53:33 AM

I'm going to run only on OS Windows ME on my gaming machine.

I have a Seagate X15 18,4GB U160 15k drive that I want to setup for utmost performance.

Space is of no concern only performance.
The machine will only be used for games and nothing else.

Any input appreciated!


/J

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April 18, 2001 11:58:43 AM

don't use ME is my only comment.

What are you going to run are you looking for fastest game performance or fasted CAD performance or what?

I often wonder why HDD is SO required to be fast? Most people don't use and don't require fast access to disk.

Concentrate on meomory, cpu, mobo and video card - it will likely have much better impact on performance that you can see.

If you are building a server or realtime system - then excuse me - if you want fast games, a 15k scsi disk is not going to give you much benefit over a uata IBM HDD - except it will be smaller and 2x cost.

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Anonymous
a b G Storage
April 18, 2001 12:16:34 PM

"don't use ME is my only comment."

Care to explain in a bit more detail..? :) 


"What are you going to run are you looking for fastest game performance or fasted CAD performance or what?"

As I stated:
"I'm going to run only on OS Windows ME on my GAMING machine."
"The machine will only be used for GAMES and nothing else."

HDD not important??! I wouldn't like to spend my entire youth waiting for my gamez to load, now would I..? ;) 
Seriously, I got the best(?) of everything else, why would I cheap out when it comes to the harddrive...


/J



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Anonymous
a b G Storage
April 19, 2001 2:31:34 AM

The new ata100 ide drives will give you ~35MB/s sustained transfer rate. The scsi drives you are talking about are not that much faster. Where the 15K scsi drives excel is in random access in an environment such as a database server.

For high performance, you want multiple disk drives in a RAID setup. The cost of scsi raid controllers starts at about $1000. Just get two IBM 75GXP with a promise fasttrack100 and run them in a striped raid configuration.

It has been shown many times that win98se is faster in all game benchmarks than winme. It's got less baggage to slow down the system. <A HREF="http://www.tomshardware.com/consumer/00q3/000927/index...." target="_new">http://www.tomshardware.com/consumer/00q3/000927/index....;/A>

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Anonymous
a b G Storage
April 19, 2001 6:47:12 AM

the x15 transfers up to 48.9MB/s (~40% faster). seek time 3.9ms compared to 8.5ms for the ide drives. seagates new 73GB 10k drive transfers data up to 63.9MB/s (~83% faster) with seek times as low as 4.9ms. with even faster 15k drives out this summer ide drives do not compare. also scsi raid controllers are much less than $1000. atto expressPCI ultra3 raid starts at $280. for high performance ide raid 0 is not necessarily a good thing as seek times increase and the extra transfer rate is not usually necessary. i don't think scsi raid suffers as much from this problem, but i'm not sure. it could be a hardware vs software raid issue as well. it is a seperate question whether games will benefit from these specs however, but please use the relevent and correct info to show this, next time.

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Anonymous
a b G Storage
April 19, 2001 10:07:44 AM

Xellent link! Exactly what I was looking for!

That settles it I'll go with Win98SE after all.

Found this link as well:
http://firingsquad.gamers.com/features/winmeeval/defaul...

Note that much difference in games, but if there were Win98SE were most of the time ahead.

Thanx!


/J

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