Fastest setup of U160 15k harddrive...

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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  1. 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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  2. "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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  3. 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.html" target="_new">http://www.tomshardware.com/consumer/00q3/000927/index.html</A>

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  4. 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
  5. 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/default.asp

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

    Thanx!


    /J

    AMD TBIRD 1.33
    Asus A7M266
    Vapochill
    nVida Geoforce3
    Apacer 256MB DDR266
    Seagate X15<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by JoacimBoive on 04/19/01 06:14 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
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