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MattGranger

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Hey guys, I'm researching upgrading my hard drive and was hoping you guys could answer some questions on some of the differences.

I plan on buying SATA, what i'm using now is an IDE Maxtor Diamondmax+ with 2MB Buffer, <9.3ms, 7200 RPM, up to 133 MB/Sec

I was eyeing a Western Digital someone posted a link for:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2179837&CatId=139

Would I see a big difference in performance? My motherboard is an Asus P5NSLI, is that able to take SATA2 or would it mention it specifically? I mostly use my computer for games. Here's a link to the motherboard:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2366122&CatId=2014

From my reading in other posts, SATA vs SATA2 is the difference of 150MB/s vs 300MB/s. Is that correct? Are we really talking about twice the speed?

My last question is what kind of a performance difference is there between the 7200 drives and the 10k drives?
 
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There IS a performance difference between the 7200 and 10,000, but I would seriously doubt that it's worth the money you'd spend on a Raptor. A standard Raptor is 74GB and still far more expensive than 320GB or even 500GB Seagate or WD 7200.

Here's a link to some independant benchmark tests:
http://www23.tomshardware.com/storage.html

What you are looking for is a 16MB cache vs and 8 or 2MB, and 7200 RPM. Sata 3.0 (SATAII) is the going standard, and your board will support it. There isn't a terribly huge difference between 3.0 and 1.5GB/s, but there is some. And neither is a giant jump forward from IDE drives. You will however, likely notice some better performance.

My favorite pick is the Seagate 7200.10 series, currently. They're fast, reliable, and have a five year warranty.

IF you get a Seagate, there's a jumper on the back that needs to be removed to get 3.0GB/s. It's jumpered to support 1.5GB/s.

And one more editorial comment--Tigerdirect isn't the greatest place to buy from. There are volumes of horror stories about their service. I prefer www.newegg.com.
 

MattGranger

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Perfect...thanks for all the help

Will factor that in when deciding whether to upgrade now or not
 
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