There is already a 7200rpm 16mb cache drive by Maxtor Maxline III which matches Raptors performance but with much larger capacity of 250 to 300GB
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I would agree with Anandtech - "With the MaXLine III, Maxtor has given users a good in-between point for those who want the capacity of a 7200RPM drive, but with the performance of Western Digital's 10,000RPM Raptor."
In other words not quite as fast, but a lot bigger.
Also Anandtech was a bit heavier on the synthetic benchmarks than SR.
Don't get me wrong my 2nd SATA drive is probably going to be another Raptor (RAID 0), but my 3rd might be a MaXLine III. Proabably mounted in a 5.25" mobile rack
Yeah, I counted them up at anandtech. The Maxtor won 7x's and the Raptor 11, some of the wins, on both sides where slim. I am putting together a new computer and I have the Maxtor 300 gig for a secondary, and I was going to get the raptor for my main drive, but I can pick up the Maxtor for 199 locally-so I am not sure what I should use for my main drive. After reading both reviews what would you use for your main drive?
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raptor as far as im concerned is pretty much perfect, i have 1x raptor as my boot drive then 3 maxtors for storage (2x300 max 10s and 1x200 max 9) raptor is probably the smoothest and quickest drive i have ever owned and i would never go back to another boot drive having used it.
I love the raptors as well. I love them so much that I have the 360GD for my boot drive, and 3x 740GD's as storage/swap/scratch drives.
Great drives! I don't have problems with noise like I have heard from some, and as for the performance....well, ask anyone here.
Good luck with the build!