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Old 06-20-2006, 10:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2 raptor drives. Which is better really and why?

one's ten dollars more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144160

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136033

one's got double the cache.

8mb to 16mb.

What does cache do exactly, and how much of a difference is this going to make? If i were to get one, which one should I get?

is the 10$ or whatever worth it?

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actually the 'better' one is 5 dollars more. (it has free shipping)

less reviews though, and all that.
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If it were me, I'd spend the extra 5 bucks and get the 16mb cache. Even if it doesn't make it faster...you would be cooler. :-P
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I'd get the 16MB cache, it will make a difference and it's definetly worth the extra $5.
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Basically the way it was described to me is the buffer/cache of the hard drive is basically it's own RAM. If you know how cache on a processor works, it's basically the same concept. DEFINITALLY worth it. Don't know how much you'll notice on a Raptor, but on a standard 7200RPM drive, it's blazing.
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r u putting these in RAID 0? u-rly should
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Can you explain the concept of raid 0?

and im only getting one hd.
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Raid 0 basically splits the data up sends half of it to one drive and the other half to the other drive. So when you need to access it, each drive only has to do half the work.
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Raid 0 basically splits the data up sends half of it to one drive and the other half to the other drive. So when you need to access it, each drive only has to do half the work.
Leading to very fast-ness.
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