RAID 0 vs 10,000 rpm

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DukeD

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HI all. OK, starting another new build and wanted to bandy this question about.

Whats going to be faster, a single Raptor spinning at 10,000 rpm or two 7,200 rpm drives in a RAID 0 array? The HD is probably going to be the slowest point in this machine since it will be a system with a Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale, 4 gigs RAM, XP OS, etc.

This machine is mostly used for gaming.

I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts. Perhaps you have a different idea for speeding up this part of the machine?

Thanks!
 

crjdriver

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I would go with two of the new seagate drives with 32meg cache in raid0 over a single raptor. Check Tom's hardware for a benchmark comparison of the two drives. Next you can get a lot more hd storage with two of the seagate drives over the raptor for close to the same price. Raptors used to be the way to go however with the advent of the 32meg drives with advanced features, the performance difference is nil.

When you run raid, you must have a backup plan. A third hd that is not part of the array, external, NAS, etc is an absolute necessity.
Next I always recommend using a real raid card rather than an onboard type controller. Buy a quality card like a promise or highpoint raid card; NOT one of those $25 cheapie cards.
Example of cheap raid card
 

crjdriver

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One other thing you might want to consider. Raptors are enterprise level drives and are more robust than 7200rpm drives. This may or may not be important to you.
 
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