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Old October 11, 2008, 04:10 PM
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Default How much of a difference will a velociraptor make?

I feel that this computer isn't as fast as it could be, so I was wondering if upgrading to a 150gb velociraptor would make that much of a positive difference over the existing Digital WD 5000YS 500gb Hard Drive,

Here is my current HDTUNE benchmark


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Old October 11, 2008, 04:12 PM
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Depends what you do.

For day to day use no.
For large files ie graphic, audio, video then perhaps.
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Old October 11, 2008, 04:41 PM
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Add games to that list of larges files etc.

Otherwise I wouldn't bother about it, in fact I suggest you pick one more of the same drive you own and run a RAID on it, which be as good as a VelociRaptor, and cheaper.
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Old October 11, 2008, 04:57 PM
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Another choice would be the Western Digital 640GB drive which has an average read around 100MB/s (aka 2x faster). Best of all it doesn't cost a ton of money.
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You beat me to it.. Damn.. :P
As he said, and 2 of them in RAID, would scream..
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Add games to that list of larges files etc.

Otherwise I wouldn't bother about it, in fact I suggest you pick one more of the same drive you own and run a RAID on it, which be as good as a VelociRaptor, and cheaper.
The only time a drive like that will make any difference for games is perhaps a 1-3 second difference in game loading times.
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My 150gig raptor made a difference in game loads but I wouldn't call the difference "ground breaking" or anything. In Oblivion (the game I was playing when I upgraded my drive) load times decreased by about 20% or so.
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The only time a drive like that will make any difference for games is perhaps a 1-3 second difference in game loading times.
Well yea I'll totally agree with you, I didn't mean like huge performance in games, I should have rephrased.

Yeah just in loading games by a fraction of a margin, not much...
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The difference it will make is in noise. It's very quiet for a drive of it's speed.
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Thanks for the advice and saving me from a pointless purchase guys, its much appreciated!
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