About time WD came out with a bigger Raptor... have 2 36gb Raptor's in RAID 0, NEVER HAD A PROBLEM UNTIL A VIRUS GANKED MY SYSTEM, and they still rock. Expensive? Yes, but Soul Harvester had it right... SPEED, BABY, SPEED!! (Gamers most of all...)As for you guys out there spouting minimalist ideas, get yourselves a Celeron and a 5400 rpm hard drive. When you start pulling out your hair, remember you don't 'need' more or faster...Hard drives are filled a lot faster now, and for a start my 36gb drives were good... then you find out you need more. So go big, like 200x2/RAID1, or 400gb. (Of course, it also depends on what you do, but over a year or two, the drives WILL fill up.) Shop around and you might even save some money. I go to NXXXGG for most of the stuff I want, other vendors if I must. (Patience sucks.) Overall, if the price is between $250-300, I'd go for it. They will rock the socks off 7200 rpm drives, even these newer ones that are comparable to the 36/74gb Raptors. (I still love mine, I really do...)
So Western Digital finally put these 150GB bad boys on the market, eh? Never had the pleasure of using any of the Raptor series, but with more space on a 10,000 RPM hard drive it should please the gamer sections quite well. I can't imagine people using two 150GB Raptors in RAID 0... but looking at the graphs only makes me wonder about the speed of those 15,000 RPM SCSI drives even more than two Raptors in RAID!
WOW!!! Raptor 150GB. That's awesome. I wish I could afford one like this. I really hope that now, after the merge between Seagate and Maxtor, the competition between Seagate/Maxtor and Western Digital in increase and we (the customers) will get to see a huge price drop in storage products.
I love storage review. They are the only place that does excellent unbiased and quality reviews of harddrives. You want to know the best had go there. Check out there "leaderboard" secrtion. They list the new Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 (a 7200RPM) being close in speed to the new 3rd generation raptors but as the fraction of the cost per gigabyte. ohh what to do. I want it all =)
I hear ya. I never thought I'd fill up my 74 gig Raptor and my 300 gig Maxtor... my new year resolution is to never say never again..oopsI may check this drive out when it drops down to the same price point I bought my current Raptor for, but for the price tag they're asking or any more, I'd want at least a gig per buck I spend. Maybe even per Canadian buck, although that's probably pushing it.
Any enthusiasts should first have a lightning fast CPU, a few gigs of RAM, a high end video card (or cards, in SLI), premium M/B, and big storage space before even consider buying this 20-30% faster, 300% more expensive HD.
[b]Originally posted by otmakus:[/b][quote]Any enthusiasts should first have a lightning fast CPU, a few gigs of RAM, a high end video card (or cards, in SLI), premium M/B, and big storage space before even consider buying this 20-30% faster, 300% more expensive HD.[/quote]I hear you. And with my 1.4 GHz and 256MB computer... I don't see me getting one of those... YET!