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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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...
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.
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.
i had a drink the other day... opinions were like kittens i was givin' away