If one RE2 WD5000YS drive was good enough for the mid-priced system, two in a RAID 0 array should be perfect here. These are "RAID Edition" drives, just another sign that these may be the perfect choice for this build.
We used two Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD5000YS in our high-end system
Using a RAID controller allows the builder to take advantage of Western Digital's Time Limited Recovery technology (which previously caused a minor concern in the mid-priced build), with no need to request special software to disable it. This technology, when paired with the latest drive firmware, prevents drives from dropping out of an array due to slow response during error recovery.
All of Western Digital's "Enterprise Series" drives come with a five-year warranty. The RE2 WD5000YS cost $160 each.
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800
- Cooler: Ultra ChillTec TEC Cooler
- Motherboard: Asus Striker Extreme
- Memory: 2x 1 GB Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000
- Graphics Cards: Two XFX 8800GTX In SLI
- Sound Card: Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS
- Hard Drives: 2x WD Caviar RE2 WD5000YS
- ATX Case: Lian-Li PC-60A Plus II
- Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad
- Optical Drive: Sony NEC Optiarc 7170 Serial ATA
- Test Setup
- Benchmark Results
- Synthetics, Continued