The drive's performance margins are so big i am reminded of the time when the 9700 pro was first released. It kills the competition even in everyday apps for desktop users. Prices and all the main info is released too. check it out. I will definitely pay the extra for this drive (or two)
"Right now, the Raptor is absolutely the only performance-oriented reason to migrate to Serial ATA." ... well in my case it's that and the fact that my 5400 RPM drives feel waaaay too slow nowadays (server's got a WD 120 Gig 7.2K RPM but that drive needs to remain in my server for 24/7 access from any other PC in the house)
The thing is, great WD drives out there and I'm still clueless about proper controller card for 'em ... Promise seemed great, too bad I'm with intel chipset, but now I'm thinking a HighPoint RocketRAID 1520 2-Channel Serial ATA RAID Host Controller- Retail from newegg would do the trick for me ...
I was kinda supriced to see someone find out about this huge improvement in WD's Raptors just now, as we had a discussion on it, that got moved a few pages back already but I guess if you missed the StorageReview.com benches AnandTech's article has the same "effect"
Well, I don't know if it's the ONLY reason to migrate to SATA. The DiamondMax 9 SATA drive had some pretty damned impressive minimum sustained transfer rates for a 7200 RPM drive. Still, the WD is awfully impressive. Too bad it's such a small drive. It would only be practical if you had at least two in a RAID 0, considering the size of today's games. Even then, you don't have the storage capacity of a cheap 80 gig. And two of those drives would be kinda spendy.
Recently seen the review of the Raptor on anandtech, im considering using 2 of these in a raid 0 array, but worried if it will acheieve some high benchmarking scores. Ive been told by a lot of ppl that
The drive still isnt THAT good.
Admittedly its heaps better compared to the beta version that was given to storagereview.com to review, but it still significantly lags the 10k scsi drives with server like applications... and this is where the drive will be competing, in the ENTERPRISE arena... not the home enthusiast desktop arena. Also the reason why the drive is only 36Gb in capacity... the sweet spot for enterprise level capacity.
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