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Thread: SATA vs. IDE




  1. #1
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    Default SATA vs. IDE

    Right Now I have a Segate 200GB IDE Hard Drive with an 2MB Buffer. What would it be worth my time to upgrade to a SATA Drive if i do Gaming?
    CPU -
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Conroe 2.13GHz
    Mobo -
    Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9
    Memory -
    OCZ SLI-Ready 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800
    GPU -
    EVGA 8600GT 256MB PCI Express x16
    Optical Drives -
    LITE-ON Black SATA Combo Drive,
    LITE-ON Black
    SATA DVD Burner
    H
    ard Drives -
    (2) Samsung
    HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

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    Default Re: SATA vs. IDE

    SATA alone will not make a difference really but with a larger buffer it would help.

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    Default Re: SATA vs. IDE

    so i should get a SATA with an 8MB buffer.
    CPU -
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Conroe 2.13GHz
    Mobo -
    Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9
    Memory -
    OCZ SLI-Ready 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800
    GPU -
    EVGA 8600GT 256MB PCI Express x16
    Optical Drives -
    LITE-ON Black SATA Combo Drive,
    LITE-ON Black
    SATA DVD Burner
    H
    ard Drives -
    (2) Samsung
    HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

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    Default Re: SATA vs. IDE

    Or you could just go for an IDE hdd with an 8mb buffer like im currently using a 120gb samsung hdd with 8mb buffer i would have thought though that a 200gb hdd would already have 8mb buffer....oh well u learn something new everyday.

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    Default Re: SATA vs. IDE

    A faster hard drive with a larger buffer isn't going to help most aspects of gaming. An 8MB over a 2MB and SATA might make load times go a little faster, but that's it. Looking at the system in your sig, a new video card would be the next upgrade. If reducing loading times is what you're after, than more RAM would make as much sense as a new hard drive.

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    Default Re: SATA vs. IDE

    I know im getting 9800 Pro for Christmas
    CPU -
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Conroe 2.13GHz
    Mobo -
    Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9
    Memory -
    OCZ SLI-Ready 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800
    GPU -
    EVGA 8600GT 256MB PCI Express x16
    Optical Drives -
    LITE-ON Black SATA Combo Drive,
    LITE-ON Black
    SATA DVD Burner
    H
    ard Drives -
    (2) Samsung
    HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

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