2mb buffer vs 8mb buffer

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by silky62678, Jul 23, 2003.

  1. silky62678

    silky62678 Guest

    Is there a noticable differnece in 2mb buffer vs 8mb. I dont mean per reviews or tests, i mean real life notice difference ?
  2. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

    Between Austin and Tampa
    not much... you may notice a little speed bump but with computers as fast as they are now... it is unliekly to give you a real world advantage that you will notice in real time applications...
  3. Nedreplan

    Nedreplan Guest

    I haven't noticed any major differences, except in a few tests.

    But in speed... it is the closest an IDE will come to a SCSI, but far from the access time though....
  4. albybum

    albybum Penguin Rancher

    Elizabethton, TN
    You will only see a difference if you are using the 8mb cache drive for your operating system, pagefile, or common use programs.

    I went from a 2mb Maxtor 7200 rpm 40 gb drive to a
    8mb Western Digital 7200 rpm 100 gb drive and it shaved about 10-15 seconds off my windows loading time on a restart.

    Demanding games seem to load faster, but I haven't clocked them to make sure.

    It will make a difference, but how noticable will vary. With current drive prices, there shouldn't be much of a price difference between the two. I say go for 8mb cache.
  5. Nedreplan

    Nedreplan Guest

    True.. I agree.

    Windows kicks off faster, and games too...