Top performing hard drives...still raptors?

AndyD2k

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Thinking about switching out one of my drives. Wondering if a Raptor is still the best option. If it is, then I'll probably stick with what I have now as I couldn't bare all the noise it made back when I tried out the drive like 2 years ago
 

lxskllr

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The 750gb WDs are pretty good. They're about the same in performance/price, but you get a ton more storage.
 

SpeedEng66

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I just installed a 150 gb raptor

it's louder than a regular 7200 hd but not by much.
the main noise I hear comin from the raptor is when it's "seeking"

other than that it's faster than my spinpoint when gaming but at a cost of low GB's

I think it's worth it!!
 

SerpentRoyal

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I would stick with a modern 7200 rpm drive the big names...Seagate, WD, and Samsung. You'll have a very difficult time differentiating these drives with a Raptor.
 

Blain

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Originally posted by: AndyD2k
Top performing hard drives...still raptors?

Thinking about switching out one of my drives. Wondering if a Raptor is still the best option.
Which are you looking for... "Top performance" or "best option"? :laugh:
 

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Old Hippie

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excellent point. this would, without a doubt, give the best possible performance. are you actually willing to spend that much though?

:shocked:H MY! For both the price and the speed!
 

AndyD2k

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Originally posted by: ForumMaster
Originally posted by: Blain
Originally posted by: AndyD2k
Top performing hard drives...still raptors?

Thinking about switching out one of my drives. Wondering if a Raptor is still the best option.
Which are you looking for... "Top performance" or "best option"? :laugh:

excellent point. this would, without a doubt, give the best possible performance. are you actually willing to spend that much though?

hahah you guys got me there. I guess best performing for the price? :)

Anyway, can anyone recommend a 500 gig or should I be looking at bigger drives? I think adding 750 would be overkill for me
 

BlueAcolyte

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There aren't that many options in the HDD market, just get a SATA II 500GB drive. I'd still go with Seagate or WD, Maxtor drives catch on fire. (see thread in this page) :)
 

Jiggz

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Originally posted by: AndyD2k
Originally posted by: ForumMaster
Originally posted by: Blain
Originally posted by: AndyD2k
Top performing hard drives...still raptors?

Thinking about switching out one of my drives. Wondering if a Raptor is still the best option.
Which are you looking for... "Top performance" or "best option"? :laugh:

excellent point. this would, without a doubt, give the best possible performance. are you actually willing to spend that much though?

hahah you guys got me there. I guess best performing for the price? :)

Anyway, can anyone recommend a 500 gig or should I be looking at bigger drives? I think adding 750 would be overkill for me

I know many will disagree with my setup but I have been running RAID 0 for more than who knows for so many years. At present I have 2 WD 250GB SE16 in RAID 0 and very happy. Before this last upgrade, I was seriously thinking about using Raptor 150GB but with limited storage and high price, I decided with 2 WD 250GB SE16 for about $100 for both and very happy with the performance! Back up, I have a 3rd hdd 500Gb for back up of my important files.
 

Rubycon

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Raptor RAID0 ten member disk scratch volume here. It sings both in performance and acoustics. Probably would sound like a sleetstorm in a tent when driven hard but we would never hear it most of the time.

I've had similarly configured systems with a single 150GB raptor and performance is noticeably slower - IOP 341 based host with 2GB cache really helps here. A raptor for the OS and a larger drive as needed for storage would probably give the best performance without breaking the bank.
 

0roo0roo

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ssd's now eat raptors for lunch.
ssds in raid really pile on the slaughter.
ssd = $$$ though
so perhaps the raptor still wins on bang for buck for average gamer.
ultimate consumer grade system no more though
 

s44

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Any drive with 32mb cache will do well. Not sure if those come under 750gb though.
 

Rubycon

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Originally posted by: 0roo0roo
ssd's now eat raptors for lunch.
ssds in raid really pile on the slaughter.
ssd = $$$ though
so perhaps the raptor still wins on bang for buck for average gamer.
ultimate consumer grade system no more though

SSD has poor STR though so a lot are needed and the cost is very high. If low access times under high queue depth is required they work well. Raptors are a waste for gamers - never understood the relationship. GPU pushes pixels not storage. If getting to the next level is goal this can be accomplished by other means - slapping a raptor in the system doesn't make much sense. Striping a pair on cheesy hostraid even makes less sense. (other than e-pecker factor!)
 

Throckmorton

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Originally posted by: Rubycon
Originally posted by: 0roo0roo
ssd's now eat raptors for lunch.
ssds in raid really pile on the slaughter.
ssd = $$$ though
so perhaps the raptor still wins on bang for buck for average gamer.
ultimate consumer grade system no more though

SSD has poor STR though so a lot are needed and the cost is very high. If low access times under high queue depth is required they work well. Raptors are a waste for gamers - never understood the relationship. GPU pushes pixels not storage. If getting to the next level is goal this can be accomplished by other means - slapping a raptor in the system doesn't make much sense. Striping a pair on cheesy hostraid even makes less sense. (other than e-pecker factor!)

A lot of gamers are dumb enough to think that a hard drive is a bottleneck