Is it really wise to buy a Raptor now?
Home | Reviews and Features | Special Reports | Forums |

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 18

Thread: Is it really wise to buy a Raptor now?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    North Pole
    Posts
    312

    Is it really wise to buy a Raptor now?

    Is it really wise to buy a Raptor now? The reason why I am asking is because a Raptor 75 gig costs $160.00. Now, Seagate has a 350 Gig HD with Perpindicular tech. for $130.00. Ok, now I know that the Raptor still beats the Seagate 7200.10...but not by that much. And being the fact that the Seagate 7200.10 is on the Sata 3gig bus, and the raptor has to be shared on the other sata bus which is shared with all the other periphels... and given such a huge price difference with only somewhat performance differences....wouldn't the Seagate 7200.10 be a better deal?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    Dallas, Tx.
    Posts
    2,675
    The dollar per gig ratio has been and will always be horrible for Raptors.
    "Imagine a world where dogs took bad owners to the pound."


    http://www.hopeforpaws.org/

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 1999
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    12,263
    The Raptors cost more because they are 10,000 rpm drives while the others are 7200 rpm drives.

    Intel I5 750 @ 2.67 Ghz, 4gb GSkill DDR3 1600, GB P55M-UD2, XFX Radeon 5850. , Seagate Constellation ES 1 TB, Seasonic Gold 620w, Win Vista Ultimate, Toshiba 32" HDTV


    E6750 Core 2 Duo, 2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800, GB P35C-DS3R MB, ATI Radeon X1950XT, Seagate 7200.9 320GB, Win XP Pro SP2, Enermax Liberty 500w


    HWC Folding@Home Team -- Learn How to Join the Team Here ---Detailed Stats

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    North Pole
    Posts
    312
    Yeah...but with the new Perpindicular tech. the drive head doesn't have to move as much thus increaseing the speed and performance. Giveing the price difference and the performance gap has been narrowed between the Raptor and the Seagate 7200.10 signifacantly I think it might be a better buy to get the Seagate.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Spangdahlem AB, Germany
    Posts
    435
    I have 2 74gig Raptors set up in a RAID 0. (See gaming system in my signature) I went all out on this system when I built it. I LOVE my raptors. But then in a RAID they are even better. Just personall opinion. My main system in my signature isnt too far off from the specs of my gaming system but I notice the difference. The main system is my wifes rig. Dont know if this helps, but I do like mine. They are expensive though.

    SJRACER
    Gaming System
    ASUS A8N-E Motherboard
    Athlon X2 4200
    MGE Viper Case (Blue)
    Aspire 600W Power Supply
    2Gig PC3200 (OCZ)
    2 Wester Digital RAPTOR 74Gig (Raid 0)
    1 Maxtor 300Gig SATA
    EVGA 7800GT 256MB PCI Express
    Viewsonic VG720 17" LCD
    Plextor PX-716A DVD Burner


    Main System
    ASUS A8V Deluxe
    Athlon 64 3500+
    Aspire Super X-Alien (Blue) Case
    1Gig PC3200 DDR
    Maxtor 100Gig SATA
    Maxtor 120Gig IDE
    XFX 6800GT 256MB Version
    Acer AL1715smd 17in LCD
    Plexwriter 52/24/52A
    Sony DVDRW

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 1999
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    2,790
    OK guys, lets not overlook the other important characteristic of all hard drives. Like how good mp3's sound when played from that hard drive or how clear jpg's look when opened from said hard drive. I know Raptors are fast and all, but my friends got one and all of the jpg's he opens from that drive look kind of pale and washed out. The same files look much more vibrant when he opens them from his old slow Seagate drive. Anyway he still uses the Raptor for a boot drive but he's had to move all his porn over to the Seagate becasue of the jpg problem. So dont forget to consider this in your decision.

    - the devil made me do it.
    Last edited by uart; May 25th, 2006 at 10:11 AM.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 1999
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    12,263
    Quote Originally Posted by uart
    OK guys, lets not overlook the other important characteristic of all hard drives. Like how good mp3's sound when played from that hard drive or how clear jpg's look when opened from said hard drive. I know Raptors are fast and all, but my friends got one and all of the jpg's he opens from that drive look kind of pale and washed out. The same files look much more vibrant when he opens them from his old slow Seagate drive. Anyway he still uses the Raptor for a boot drive but he's had to move all his porn over to the Seagate becasue of the jpg problem. So dont forget to consider this in your decision.

    - the devil made me do it.

    That's interesting.

    Intel I5 750 @ 2.67 Ghz, 4gb GSkill DDR3 1600, GB P55M-UD2, XFX Radeon 5850. , Seagate Constellation ES 1 TB, Seasonic Gold 620w, Win Vista Ultimate, Toshiba 32" HDTV


    E6750 Core 2 Duo, 2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800, GB P35C-DS3R MB, ATI Radeon X1950XT, Seagate 7200.9 320GB, Win XP Pro SP2, Enermax Liberty 500w


    HWC Folding@Home Team -- Learn How to Join the Team Here ---Detailed Stats

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 1999
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    2,790
    Quote Originally Posted by jankerson
    That's interesting.
    No I was just joking around. But Dman does really think that mp3's sound better on some HDD's than others, so why not jpegs looking better?

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Weehawken NJ
    Posts
    1,093
    I really like my Raptor 150... very quick boot times and everything... just throwing my opinion out there...
    Compy 1 (Brand New as of 2/7/07):
    P5N32-E SLI w/ C2D E6600 at stock (for now)
    Zalman CNPS9700 cooler
    2GB Corsair DDR2800 @ 5-5-5-15 @1.9v
    1x EVGA 8800GTX (stock)
    1 150GB Raptor+ 250GB WD Internal SATA's
    250GB WD Backup Drive
    2x Plextor DVD burners, IDE
    2x Plextor DVD burners, SATA
    Audigy2 w/ Klipsch 2.1's
    Black Silverstone TJ-07
    PC P&C 510W SLI PSU
    Dell 30" LCD


    Strongbad e-mail

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Arkham Asylum, Cell 13
    Posts
    3,409
    You need to qualify what you think "wise" is. It's all subjective.

    The raptor is still the fastest SATA drive. if you need max performance, that's the drive to get. Compare the raptor pricing to SCSI, and it looks like a bargain.

    If you need more storage space, then get the seagate.

    There is no "one size fits all" solution. I might be fine driving a BMW M3, but a soccer mom would want a minivan.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 1999
    Location
    Augusta, Georgia, USA
    Posts
    3,946
    Quote Originally Posted by jankerson
    That's interesting.
    http://discussions.hardwarecentral.c...8&page=1&pp=15

    For historical reference.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Posts
    6,334
    i use a 74gb raptor for os and games, and everything else is thrown onto a couple larger disks, 200+gb each. this works great for me. the boot times for anything are hyper quick.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    229
    Quote Originally Posted by sjracer
    I have 2 74gig Raptors set up in a RAID 0. (See gaming system in my signature) I went all out on this system when I built it. I LOVE my raptors. But then in a RAID they are even better. Just personall opinion. My main system in my signature isnt too far off from the specs of my gaming system but I notice the difference. The main system is my wifes rig. Dont know if this helps, but I do like mine. They are expensive though.

    SJRACER
    Hi SJRACER

    I know for a fact that Raptor is the fastest SATA drive out there. And 74GB is fine for me for games. So far my 80GB Hitachi 7,200rpm is not used up yet. I am interested to know more about the Raid configuration which you have set up. Do you use it for games?

    We all know that unless onboard RAM is running out, the OS won't otherwise consult the hard drive's swapfile. Now that you have your 2 Raptors raided to 0 mode which means basically parallel processing, does it also mean that I only have 74GB to play around with though I have a total of 148GB with 2 Raptors?
    Thanks for the reply in advance.

    Asus P5P800 SE LGA775 socket
    INTEL Pentium D 805/2.66GHz
    1 x Super-Talent 1GB DDR400
    Leadtek GeForce 6800XT(128MB, AGP version)
    Excelstor 80GB (2MB cache) 7,200rpm ATA-133
    Mitsubishi Diamond Plus 72
    Lite-on 52X32X52 CD-RW
    2TheMax EP530BX (600W) PSU
    Windows XP Pro SP2

    ________________________________________

  14. #14
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Arkham Asylum, Cell 13
    Posts
    3,409
    First off, the Raptor now comes in a 150G/16MB cache model.

    RAID0 is STRIPING. You use both drives as one, so you still get full capacity. however, if the array breaks or one drive dies, you lose EVERYTHING. if you're gonna run RAID, you should have a third hdd for backup and data.

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jun 1999
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    12,263
    I think the best option is to get one Raptor 75 GB or 150 GB and another larger 7200 RPM for files, backup etc.

    I am not a fan of Raid 0.

    Intel I5 750 @ 2.67 Ghz, 4gb GSkill DDR3 1600, GB P55M-UD2, XFX Radeon 5850. , Seagate Constellation ES 1 TB, Seasonic Gold 620w, Win Vista Ultimate, Toshiba 32" HDTV


    E6750 Core 2 Duo, 2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800, GB P35C-DS3R MB, ATI Radeon X1950XT, Seagate 7200.9 320GB, Win XP Pro SP2, Enermax Liberty 500w


    HWC Folding@Home Team -- Learn How to Join the Team Here ---Detailed Stats

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •