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Old 11-12-2006, 12:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default hard drives 8mb cache v. 16mb?

I'm looking at SATA hard drives and it comes down to 8mb vs. 16mb for price and space.

Is there a big difference in performance and if so - what applications benefit most?

I'm mostly looking for programs to load faster. I don't think I will be doing any RAID setups.
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Performance will be overall better with 16mb of cache.
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It's not only hard drives that contribute to how fast a program will load. Theres also ram, cpu speed, and the rpm speed of the hard drive. I don't think 16mb cache is a big difference in performance from 8mb cache.
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did a little more research and it seems the 8 vs 16mb difference is only relevant in database stuff.

however, it seems that 2 80gig sata drives will run faster than a 160 if I do end up with a RAID 0 config.

I was mostly debating to get a 160 gig with 16mb vs an 80gig with 8mb. The 80gig drive is definitely cheaper.
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