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Old 04-04-10, 12:54 PM   #1
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Hi to all.......................
WD is working on a new series Velociraptor HDDs. Looks like WD is increasing capacity towards 450 and 600 GB models. The new Velociraptor will get an extension in their name called VR200M. The platters will be 200 GB each, rotating at 10.000 RPM. Power consumption will roughly be 6.5 Watt and in standby 0.7 Watt.

The new VelociRaptor VR200M promises sustained read speeds of 145MB/s. Seek times will be 3,6 ms during read and 4,2 ms during write. Good news is also that the new HDDs will get a SATA 6-Gbps connector and 32MB cache.

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Old 04-04-10, 01:22 PM   #2
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Meh...

The high speed drives have really lost their appeal since SSDs started taking off.

No doubt these will be fast for mechanical drives, but the difference between these and a 7200RPM drive that costs $200 less and holds twice as much data will be practically non-existent compared to what an SSD can offer.
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Meh...

The high speed drives have really lost their appeal since SSDs started taking off.

No doubt these will be fast for mechanical drives, but the difference between these and a 7200RPM drive that costs $200 less and holds twice as much data will be practically non-existent compared to what an SSD can offer.
While I agree I rather get one of these then pay the same amount for 1/5th the storage in an SSD.

My biggest gripe is still the cost vs capacity of SSD. I have been thinking about moving over but considering I have 500gb of games installed on my 640gb drive it would be too costly to go SSD. Yes I know I can install games on other drives but doesn't that defeat the purpose of getting a faster drive?
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While I agree I rather get one of these then pay the same amount for 1/5th the storage in an SSD.

My biggest gripe is still the cost vs capacity of SSD. I have been thinking about moving over but considering I have 500gb of games installed on my 640gb drive it would be too costly to go SSD. Yes I know I can install games on other drives but doesn't that defeat the purpose of getting a faster drive?
I don't think games benefit too much from an SSD because they use mostly large files which benefit from high sequential read speeds, not random reading and writing. Sequential speeds aren't that big of a problem right now. You can get a 1Tb drive for $80 that can read at around 100Mb\sec. My 500GB Seagate gets around 105Mb\sec.

All you really need is an SSD large enough to hold your operating system and your most used programs because those are going to be absolutely packed with tiny files reading and writing constantly, which kills mechanical drives.

Go check the benchmarks on most sites. Game level loads may decrease by 2-3 seconds (out of 30) when going from a mechanical drive to an SSD, but the overall quickness of Windows applications increases dramatically.

The ideal setup right now for cost vs. performance is generally going to be an SSD large enough to hold your OS and programs (40-80Gb is plenty for most people) and a 1Tb+ drive for storage and games. The 10k RPM mechanical drives just don't seem to have a place anymore since they're far more expensive than the 7200RPM drives and the only areas they benefit aren't really all that important or are far FAR outclassed by an SSD.
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Just got a WDC Black 1TB SATA 3 drive or my games/Steam drive. To replace the 300GB VRaptor
those are quick, i like it
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CaptNKILL is right. I use an Intel 40Gb SSD for my OS and two 7200rpm 500gb Seagate in RAID 0 where I store all my games. The SSD was a large improvement. It completely boots up in 55 seconds. When I was using on Seagate HDD it would take up to 3min (more or less) to boot completely. Your everyday tasks like e-mail, web browser basically anything on the SSD are almost instant. When I had the HDD and Windows would start indexing, creating a restore point...ect It would slow my PC down the HDD light would be flickering away for a while and I would just hald to wait for it to finish, well I no longer have that problem.

I have two videos on youtube showing the difference in boot up time between the HDD and the SSD.

HDD video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjqXxZoTJEc
SSD video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjU6GC_aB4A

I do have a different Windows theme in the videos but I have just about the same programs that load on boot up in both. So it's a fair comparison.
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My system in my sig boots up a lot faster then your hard drive set up.
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My system in my sig boots up a lot faster then your hard drive set up.
I'm sure it did. How about the SSD boot time?
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Yeah, I'm all about capacity over speed.

I've been eyeing the WD Black series, especially the 1 and 2TB drives.
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I personally wouldn't mind having one just for my games. ATM yes ssd's are a waste for anything more than being used as an os drive. With windows on my ssd it really breathed new life into my WD black. Games loaded a good deal quicker (~5sec) than when the black was running the OS.
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I personally wouldn't mind having one just for my games. ATM yes ssd's are a waste for anything more than being used as an os drive. With windows on my ssd it really breathed new life into my WD black. Games loaded a good deal quicker (~5sec) than when the black was running the OS.
I've often thought of doing this- getting a really large drive to store all my games and documents and such, then just using the SSD for Windows. Games like Oblivion, however, I'd want on the SSD as I'm sure it'd eliminate nearly all stuttering and pausing when loading new areas.

I'm set on the 80-128GB range, can't get one now as I just don't have the spare finances.
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I don't never had tons of start up programs running so when my system was operational I had about 16GB free on the SSD which was just fine for me. I'm sure an 80GB would be better for most people, but a 40 was perfect for me.
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