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Which Of The Following Hard Drive Choices Will Provide A Faster Perfor


Lord Stardust

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Which of the following hard drive choices will provide a faster performance that is ideal for gaming...the single drive or the RAID-O?

 

 

a. Gaming HARD DRIVE [serial ATA-300, 10,000 RPM]

WD Velociraptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 16M Cache Hard Drive

 

-OR-

 

b. Extreme Performance (RAID-0) with 2 Identical Hard Drives

(300GB (150GBx2) Gaming Western Digital VelociRaptor 10,000RPM SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache WD1500HLFS)

 

Thank you for your assistance, I'm trying to customize my own Gaming machine! :)

 

ETA: I also read somewhere that a RAID-O setup will also run a greater risk of HDD failure because it would be more taxing on the system. I worry about that as well.

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If your pockets are lined with money, the SSD is definitely going to be the best performance-wise. but if you are like the rest of us, a nice 320GB 7200rpm drive with a 32mb cache should be perfectly fine, and they don't cost an arm and a leg. plus if you want storage, you can get up to 1.5 or even 2 TB now.

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Any name brand 7200 RPM hard drive will be fine. The extra money spent on Raptors really doesn't make much of a difference and SSDs can't really stretch their legs unless you have a real RAID card (a hardware one, not a crappy onboard controller on your motherboard).

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The fastest HDD setup I've ever used was 2 western digitial caviar black 1TB drives in raid 0.

 

They easily beat a previous build with a veloci, but you do run the risk of HDD failure.

 

In my view SSD's just aren't worth it yet

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In my view SSD's just aren't worth it yet

If you're using an onboard controller this is true. If you use a full hardware RAID card they are incredibly fast...Vista boot times of less than 12 seconds aren't uncommon.

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