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    WD VelociRaptor

    I am thinking of up dating my main hard drive to a WD VelociRaptor.
    Has any boady had anything to do with them.All the hype I am reading on the web says they are the ducks n---.
    Also my other drives are sata 2 and the WD VelociRaptor is sata 3 will be a drama as my mother board dose not have sata 3 slots for ram?
    It is an ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5GC-MX
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    Re: WD VelociRaptor

    Wow, you're really going "leading edge" here, Gus! I wasn't even aware that SATA 3 was "on the market" yet, let alone that manufacturers are selling 10,000 rpm drives. I have two 500 gig external USB drives arriving with FedEx today that are 7,200 rpm. <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>

    I bet there aren't any Loungers who will yet be able to comment on that specific drive, but we'll see. Are you really sure your motherboard is gonna accept this SATA 3 speed and do you have enough connectors for an additional drive?

    (I'm not sure I understood what you meant by the question: "...my mother board dose not have sata 3 slots for ram...". The drive shouldn't have anything to do with RAM per se, should it?)

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    Re: WD VelociRaptor

    Big Al.
    My mistake on the sata 3 slots for ram I was thinking of DDR3 not sata as I have been looking at new mother boards as well.
    I have been toying with the Idear of building a new computer as well.[The one I am using now I built about 2 years ago and it is getting a bit slow even wit a few upgrades]. I was checking out hardware online at my local pc shop when I ran across the WD VelociRaptor hard drive.
    As for the mother board accepting the sata3 speed I was hoping a lounger my know.It may be simpler to start from scratch.
    Gus..

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    Re: WD VelociRaptor

    Well, hang in here then Gus, for it's still early in the AM here so more Loungers will probably comment on the SATA 3. What seemed odd to me was that I immediately found a couple of articles that said the SATA 2 crop of drives don't push the limit of that speed capability and here they are jumping up to 3 Gb/s...

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    Re: WD VelociRaptor

    I think you may have misinterpreted the WD specifications. A 3 GB/s SATA drive is SATA 2. See Serial ATA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for more information. The Raptor & now Velociraptor drives from WD are good drives. WD classifies them as enterprise class drives. That almost always means a much higher price. Remember that rotational speed does not necessarily mean better performance for you. It could be a 7200 RPM drive with more cache would work better. It depends on your usage and work habits.

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    Re: WD VelociRaptor

    Joe.
    I think you may have misinterpreted the WD specifications.
    I have gone back and re read. I see what you mean.
    What I don't get is the performance bit.I use this computer for surfing and playing games.flight sim x, roam and a few more.
    I am not sure I understand what you mean by cache.
    Gus..

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    Re: WD VelociRaptor

    > I am not sure I understand what you mean by cache.

    The perceived performance of a disk drive depends on many different factors.

    All disk drives have a large amount of RAM built into the disk drive itself. When you read data from the disk this RAM is filled with data that you may request soon, for example the next few blocks from the same track on the disk. Disk vendors quote the cache size, but much more important is the effectiveness of the algorithms used to fill and empty the cache. For large numbers of small reads the performance of this cache is critical. If you do small numbers of very large reads (for example seismic analysis) then the data transfer speed is more important than the cache behaviour. If you do lots of writes then the cache algorithms again become important, how well does the disk consolidate multiple small writes in cache so it can do fewer large writes to the disk surface?

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    Re: WD VelociRaptor

    You might also read Seagate's 1.5TB Barracuda: Bigger And Better? : Seagate’s Carnivorous Fish is Back - Tom's Hardware. The article gives you some insight on performance of a quite a few drives. Tom's Hardware is a very well respected site for hardware reviews. You should read more about what reviewers test and their test methodologies before coming to conclusions about the test results they post. Storage Articles is a good place for more investigation.

    It is up to you about the hardware you select but for most people in day-to-day usage you don't need the expense of an enterprise drive. There are several good consumer drives that have a nice combination of speed, size, warranty & price.

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    Re: WD VelociRaptor

    Thanks Joe.
    As if I didn't have enough reading already!!Very interesting reading but as usual it poses more questions than answers.
    Looks like I am up for a lot more reading before I part with the cash.About AUD$385.00 for the 300 Gb.

    Thanks to you all for the help...
    Gus..

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