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SCSI question

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January 2, 2005 3:31:16 PM

I am currently using crummy IDE hard drives. What sort of performance boost will I get using a SCSI hard drive? I've seen the improved seek times on paper, but does this actually represent the performance boost I'll see? Also, do I need any special cables to install a SCSI hard drive? I have an ASUS P4P800 MB. Thanks.

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PIV 2.4c @ 3.12ghz
1gig PC3200 (512mbx2)
ASUS P4P800
XFX 6600GT AGP @561/1150
WinXP Pro
3DMark2005: 3410
3DMark2003: 8800
CS:Source: 105.92

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January 2, 2005 6:11:03 PM

SCSI completely owns IDE for seek, readwrite, and speed. But it costs an arm and a leg. Start with the controller with will run about $500 if you want raid 1,0 about $1000 if you want raid 5. And at least $100-500 appiece for the drives.
It really isn't worth it for a home computer, scsi is really just for server platforms where money isn't really a factor.

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January 2, 2005 8:21:42 PM

If you want to go SATA RAID with add in card, then Netcell offers some good 5 port cards for $250, plus minimum of 3 drives identical and you can somewhat compete with SCSI at reasonable cost and have redundancy data stripe for security.

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January 3, 2005 12:43:17 AM

SCSI could be an expensive proposition! Fortunately you're limited to PCI bandwidth, 133MB/s. What's fortunate about that? You could get the same performance from a U160 controller as a U320 controller, and U160 is cheaper.

In your situation the main reason to go SCSI is for the availability of 15,000 RPM drives. But that's still putting you into some very hefty price tags. Have you considered a 10,000 RPM SATA drive instead?

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January 3, 2005 2:05:17 AM

The Western Digital Raptor 10,000 rpm drives are agreat option to going scsi. You can get a 36.7 gig raptor at newegg right now for $110.00 each. These are the fastest SATA drives on the market at present and do not cost nearly as much as SCSI drives will.

Specifications:
Capacity: 36.7GB
Average Seek Time: 5.2 ms
Buffer: 8MB
Rotational Speed: 10000 RPM
Interface: Serial ATA
Features: High Performance SATA Interface

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti...
January 3, 2005 2:11:00 AM

Correction, the 74 gig Raptors are faster than the 36 gig, and they were on sale couple of weeks ago for $150

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January 3, 2005 2:17:50 AM

yup yer right rich. the 74 gig raptor has a seek time of 4.5 ms but the price hjas gone back up now to $180 each. Which is still a decent price. I just meant in general that the raptor hard drives were faster than the 7200 rpm drives being offered. :) 
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