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new hard drive, benefits?

June 23, 2005 at 21:09:36
Specs: xp pro, 3200+ xp 1GB

i have two hard drives, a 40GB, and an 80GB. the 40gb is my master.

lately, my 80GB seems to turn off while i am using it sometimes. i hear a click, and like if i am playing an mp3, it pauses for a second, then comes back.

anyways, i am getting nervous about losing data, so i think i am going to upgrade my pair of drives.

right now, both drives have a 2MB cache. i am going to get at least 8mb cache drives next time, maybe 16.

but i was curious, are there peformance benefits from a bigger cache in games?

will it raise my 3dmark05 score?

if not, what benefits are there?


Athlon XP 3200+
Shuttle AN35N Ultra
Geforce 6800GT OC @ 410mhz/1.08ghz
1GB PC3200


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#1
June 24, 2005 at 05:41:41

Bill,

Check out AnandTech's article at this site

http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=2094

It would appear there ARE definite benefits.

Look around there are other articles that might interest you.

I - Sandor J

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#2
June 24, 2005 at 06:17:35

Interesting according to what is said here, there is negligeable difference between 7200 rpm and 10,000 rpm Raptor drives because the cache makes the most difference, yet I feel like my one Raptor is on another planet by comparison to any other drive. Maybe I "bought" the ads too much?
And I have many 8 meg cache ide hard drives I feel perform no differently than 2 meg cache WD's as well....

Rich M
www.kickenhardware.net


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#3
June 24, 2005 at 10:23:54

You have to look at all the HDD specs, not just the cache. As Rich said, there's not much difference between 2MB & 8MB, but when you compare access time, data transfer rates, 5400RPM vs 7200RPM, etc, a new HDD could offer a decent performance boost...it depends on what it's replacing.

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#4
June 24, 2005 at 14:17:36

Thanks Jam, I wanted to be sure I wasn't losing my mind (though this isn't the only example of same)....

Rich M
www.kickenhardware.net


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#5
June 24, 2005 at 14:51:04

specs:

# Maxtor 40GB UDMA/133 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive

# General Features:
# 40GB Formatted Capacity
# 7200RPM Spindle Speed
# 2MB Buffer
# Average Seek Time: <10ms
# Average Latency: 4.17ms
# UDMA/133 Transfer Rate
# Interface: IDE

# Drive ONLY

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