Dual Raptor 74GB 16mb Cache

Discussion in 'Benchmarks & Performance' started by ShepsCrook, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. ShepsCrook

    ShepsCrook Red Sox Fan!

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    Well, I've finally decided to go with 10k rpm Raptors for my main machine.
    I'll be setting them as RAID 0 to boost the speed even more. Maybe I'll write a review on these drives for everyone.

    I got them from Newegg.com for $169.99 with free shipping, and then a $30 MIR to make them $139 each.

    These are the new model with 16mb cache. Although, I wish they'd have SATA2 models of these drives.
     
  2. madmatt

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    I have the Raptor X version and I've read that these drives blow SATA 2 drives away. I don't think you will see any difference.
     
  3. kcnychief

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    I hope I get the chance to build a real sweet rig again someday, this machine should really haul!

    What will your CPU be?
     
  4. ShepsCrook

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    I'm keeping the Opteron 175 that I have. It's a great processor. My rig overall is a good setup, something that will last me until DX10 cards come out. The processor can take anything I throw at it, the ram is enough, the video card is enough for what I need, and finally the Drives are where they should be at... Since I was using a 120GB Seagate SATA 7200:7 drive for years.
     
  5. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    No need for SATA2 with those babies.

    Heeter
     
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  6. lancer

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    shepscrook, what do you do with your machine work or play?

    well i just read up on these drives, i am now very interested, wouldn't mind my pc starting up in 4 secs.
     
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  7. ShepsCrook

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    I work and play on these. Well, the work is just designing my sites and graphics. The play is BF2, HL2 and whatnot.
     
  8. lancer

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    do you notice a large difference in how xp starts up or games or anything? whats the noticable difference.
     
  9. ShepsCrook

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    XP starts up MUCH faster now. I am installing BF2 at the moment. I'll let everyone know how fast maps load.
     
  10. lancer

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    well whats much faster give us actual times, for instance right now because of all the crap i have i think my xp starts up in maybe a minute.
     
  11. kcnychief

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    I never had the dual obviously, and I think the ones I had were the 8mb cache, but these drives are AMAZINGLY faster than any other desktop drive out there. I believe I did a XP install with an AMD 3500+ in about 12 minutes :eek:
     
  12. ShepsCrook

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    I'll give you some start up speeds soon. I've busy running all over the place.