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b00bie
06-17-03, 10:49 AM
Is it really worth it to buy Serial ATA at the moment since the prices are so high for them? (Western Digital 36GB SATA - $138) Is it really that much faster to justify spending so much money for it?

volt
06-17-03, 10:52 AM
All that I read about it, it doesnt make up. Donno how it is in real life :)

b00bie
06-17-03, 11:04 AM
I guess maybe if you had 4 or 5 disks and you transfer stuff all the time.... heh :tongue2:

SavagePaladin
06-17-03, 01:01 PM
The 36gb drive isn't really worth it unless you need the speed, but IMO the Maxtor SATA drive is worth the $.
I dunno what prices will be like when I actually buy, around the end of the year, but I'm definately buying SATA

ricercar
06-17-03, 02:18 PM
The WD Raptor 36G SATA drive is 10K RPM for $175. The 7200 RPM SATA drives by Seagate and Maxtor have a far better gigabyte/dollar ratio, about $120 for 80 GB, but are not yet comparably priced to parallel ATA133 drives of 80 GB for $80.

Unless you're used to SCSI Ultra 320 speeds, or need the throughput for gigabyte-sized multimedia files, SATA 10K drives are not realisticly priced. The aveerage consumer is wiser to stick with parallel ATA 133 for another year IMHO.

zsynth
06-17-03, 03:26 PM
I happen to have the Raptor. Is it faster yes- in benchmarks. Is it noticably faster in everyday use- No. If someone put together a machine with the setup I got, and I had to guess which hd was which, just using it, no benchmarks, couldn't do it.

Heres my HD TACH bench's:
WD 36 GIG RAPTOR
Random Access Time 6.9 ms
Read Speed max 77467
min 41557
avg 55833
CPU Utilization 10.6 %

WD 80 GIG W\8meg cache
Random Access Time 9.1 ms
Read Speed max 49999
min 27293
avg 48060
CPU Utilization 6.0 %

MAXTOR 40 GIG ATA133 7200
Random Access Time 9.7 ms
Read Speed max 39089
min 28662
avg 36827
CPU Utilization 4.5 %

Asus A7N8X Deluxe02 Bios 1005
XP 2500 Barton @ 2232 (Therm Volcano 11)
Antec550 True PowerPSU Win98se
1 gig PC3200(Samsung) (200meg ram drive)
LiteOn 48x24x48
AOpen DVD
(1) WD 36gig Raptor SATA
(1) WD 80 gig 8meg cache
(1) 40gig Maxtor's ATA 133
ATI 9800 PRO omega drivers

MUYA
06-22-03, 01:21 PM
Originally posted by b00bie
Is it really worth it to buy Serial ATA at the moment since the prices are so high for them? (Western Digital 36GB SATA - $138) Is it really that much faster to justify spending so much money for it?

I'd say that with native support on intel's new chipsets like the i875 and i865, its worth it. Just take a look at benches when SATA has been supported natively. SATA and indeed ATA100/66 has been held back by the PCI that it inevitbly it has to be tied to. But Intel went the right way in supporting SATA natively and not tied to the PCI bus. Also Raptors 10K RPM helps a huge load! U could probably fry an egg on it..or at the very least cook a steak, medium rare on it?

Also nvidia and I think via are also gonan be supporting SATA natively on their forth coming chipsets...not entirely sure.

Regards
MUYA

The Baron
06-22-03, 02:52 PM
It's not worth it right now. Wait until PCI bus limitations are gone, and then you're rocking. Just use SATA adapters on ATA drives. Sure you say, "Oh, there's no point to that, it just helps airflow." No, you don't have to deal with IDE cables. That is worth its weight in gold, my friend.

PenguinJim
06-22-03, 03:23 PM
Deja Vu.... :D

BTW, do you recommend any SATA adapters in particular? I heard that some of them are... not good?

nin_fragile14
06-22-03, 04:34 PM
If you're looking for just a speed increase, they're not worth the extra price yet. However, anything that can replace bulky IDE ribbons is worth it to me.

SavagePaladin
06-22-03, 09:30 PM
Originally posted by nin_fragile14
If you're looking for just a speed increase, they're not worth the extra price yet. However, anything that can replace bulky IDE ribbons is worth it to me.
I'm also good with killing jumpers :)

The Baron
06-22-03, 09:32 PM
I have the Magical Ability (TM) to remove jumpers with two fingers. OK, so it's not magical. But hey, at least I'm not one of those crazy foo's who needs needlenose pliers to do it.

PenguinJim
06-23-03, 06:15 AM
Magical Ability™ lol

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