Western Digital Caviar WD800JB
Posted 05 June 2002 - 07:21 PM
Thanks for the feedback.
I think I'll be going with WD. I saw your other posts, which I also found helpful. I currently have an i440BX board. Do you suggest I get a Promise Ultra ATA/100 card? Would the Ultra ATA/133 card make a difference?
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Posted 05 June 2002 - 07:54 PM
You're welcome. I'd recommend an ATA-100 adapter in your case because of the drive's sustained sequential read rate performance. An ATA-133 adaptor should also support drives larger than 137 gigs(?) in capacity if that is important for you, but I don't think it will provide better performance. Rest assured that I will be corrected if that is incorrect. I think you will be very happy with it if, like me, you have never experienced SCSI.
Posted 06 June 2002 - 05:48 AM
I'm interested to know what the WD800JB's RAID 0 performance is like as compared to say the IBM120GXP - when connected to an HPT372 or Promise 20276 on-board controller. Previously the JB series was a little too expensive to RAID but since the 800JB is more sweetly priced, it is now a more viable option.
At Overclokers Australia they recently conducted a Review comparing the 120GXP, 1000JB & D740X which concluded:
Single Disk Use
When used a single hard disk drives the Western Digital 1000 JB and the IBM 120GXP perform basically identical, both far better than the tested competition. Looking at the results in Content Creation 2001 we feel however that a "high-end" user who is regularly working with hard disk intensive applications and huge files is served best with one of the 8 MB cache disks from Western Digital. The D740X, king of the hill just a couple of months ago, has been dethroned and would be only our 3rd choice.
1st choice: Western Digital 1000JB
2nd choice: IBM 120GXP
3rd choice: Maxtor D740X
Looking at their amazing transfer rates under RAID 0 it's safe to say that both the IBM 120GXP and the Western Digital 1000JB are excellent choices. But the 120GXP is our recommended choice for RAID 0. One reason is the lower power consumption and the lower temperature. This is important when coupling 2 or even more disks for RAID operations. Another reason is the cost: 2 of the aggressively priced IBM 120GXP (40GB) cost less than 1 unit of the Western 1000JB, provide only 20% less storage, but perform when RAIDed clearly faster than a single 1000JB with 100GB. The Maxtor D740X would be again only our third choice. The volatile transfer rate diagram is a reason for concern.
1st choice: IBM 120GXP
2nd choice: Western Digital 1000JB
3rd choice: Maxtor D740X
I'm interested in any other RAID 0 comparisons of the 120GXP's & JB's.
Posted 17 June 2002 - 04:03 AM
Just to clarify this:
The 80BB are in two versions. The first ones came with 3 platters. Now they come with 2 platters.
The 80JB has never been built with 3 platters. 2 platter version only.
This is the answer i got from WD.
Dunno about diff in serial numbers to find the 2 platter 80BB though...
Ordered mine yesterday
Posted 18 June 2002 - 02:22 PM
Anyone with comments on this?
"I'm interested to know what the WD800JB's RAID 0 performance is like as compared to say the IBM120GXP - when connected to an HPT372 on-board controller"
Mav, I'm going to have a pair of these in next week and I'll post my results in RAID-0 upon my Promise FastTrak100 TX2 setup...should be ungodly quick I'd imagine =:O
Posted 28 June 2002 - 12:56 PM
Anybody Done A Raid 0 set on this drive yet???
I have, and I think im doing something wrong...
I have an abit at7 board kt333 chipset
it has a highpoint raid 4 channel controller onboard
and im getting really low scores out of PCMARK 2002
my scores are 1100 MAX. is this good or bad, becasue i had 2 ata133 maxtor drives on here that were 1200, so... maybe i am doing something wrong or i need to bench it on another program...
I am runnig a raid 0 set striped at 64K
Posted 28 June 2002 - 03:11 PM
Great, look forward to seeing the results. Will you be able to compare their RAID 0 performance to the 120GXP's?
Mav, just a note to let you know I'll have my 800JBs in this Monday the 1st and will post up my results soon thereafter in comparison to my dual 60GXP RAID-0 setup...
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