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    Default Raid question

    would i simple raid setup with a couple of wd raptors help with gaming??


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    The only thing Raid is going to do for game is alow it to load quicker. Start up time will be faster and if the game needes to load a new zone or what ever.. You might see 1-3 fps if you even see that at all.
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    get any modern SSD drive for your games and you l see major difference on loading screens etc. For FPS Depends on the game and basically the amount of RAM you have. If your game needs to access alot your HDD cause of low RAM you l definitely see improvement to FPS as well.

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    I'd say price per gb,you can't beat a mechanical hdd,a 1tb or 2tb is fine for gaming,the size of games would soon fill up an ssd,I'm usually the first or second person in the game server when it loads to the next level so I don't think you would see much improvement in a raid setup,plus you'd have to worry about reliability with raid
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    I agree with wazza just get 2 WD black hdd's set to raid 0 and call it a day. If you want os on raid get the WD 500gb black drives either sata2 or sata3.
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    Default Re: Raid question

    SSD is what you really should look at, a decent one too otherwise if you buy a cheap one it would be the same as buying hard drives (So if you can't afford SSD, then ya, look at a pair of WD blacks instead)

    I'm with Acebmxer here, go with two WD black 500GB, don't go larger as those are usually slower due to the multiple platters used.

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    Raid is better i think for gaming go with the WD raptor or Western Digital RE4 the RE4 drive are made for raid even RE3 are good put two four are six of this together for great speed the more drive fast it is
    as for reliability as someone posted above in the 12 years i have been biulding my own machine and 10 years useing raid i have never had a hard drive to fail I am not saying it cant happen but if you take care of drive keep it defagment it should not fail
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    I tested world of warcraft on my raid 0 intel 320 ssd (2x 320disks 80gb) and in my raid 0 array of 4 velociraptors 300gb. On SSD loading screens were much faster than mechanical drive array and on some points at 25man raiding and on battlegrounds i feeled the game much smoother while running on ssd than on the hdd. On FPS Games like Crysis 2 it was totally the same tho

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    It's not about platter count, it's about platter density. You can have a drive that's 500GB with one platter (Samsung F3 500Gb) and one that's 1TB with two platters (Samsung F3 1TB) and they'll perform identically. Provided that spindle speed is the same, platter density is important.

    For instance, you'll see better performance from using WD Black 640GB drives than you would using the 500Gb models. the 500GB models use two 250GB platters, but the 640's use two 320GB platters. More data packed onto the same surface area at the same spindle speed = faster transfer rates. It also means that the heads will physically move less when seeking data, due to that data being closer together on denser platters.

    RAID for gaming is useless in terms of improving frame rate. If one needs a faster HDD to swap textures because there isn't enough system RAM, then one needs to buy more RAM, not a faster disk. Even games that dynamically swap/stream textures don't need RAID or a SSD. It will spped up load time in some games, but again, not in all. A lot of games store information in compressed packages. The bottle neck with unpacking and loading them isn't the disk, it's the CPU and RAM, as the actual unpacking can take longer than the transfer of files.

    SSD's are currently impractical for all but the richest of gamers, unless you only game occasionally, or don't mind being limited to having a certain number of games installed. I own 63 Steam games and 23 retail box games. My Steam directory is currently 257GB with only 45 games installed. My retail games take up another 97GB. That's 354GB. I could buy a decent performing 1TB drive (F3) for ~35. To buy the same kind of space on a SSD would be 10 times as expensive. I could buy two 500GB F3's (27 each), which wouldn't be too bad, but IMO not worth the extra outlay.

    HDD performance is the last thing that will help when gaming.
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    The Samsung f4 2tb is best value,I think its 3 platters but higher density, 5400rpm,around 60 on ebuyer
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