Alkali

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  1. Alkali

    Storage Review Site Update

    Yeah Was quite fun to see the mail in my inbox funnily enough; its been too long since I was last around. We had a very healthy community for a good few years, let it continue
  2. Alkali

    Star Trek

    Can't believe the Blu is still the same price it was when it was released (£17.99 here in the UK). *twiddles thumbs*
  3. Alkali

    Cable Connector Quiz

    Lucky with 10; but thats only cus I happen to be a HiFi fanatic as well as a computer geek lol...
  4. Alkali

    Storage Review Site Update

    100% agree. Personally I've been trying to scour poor reviews of new raid controllers trying to find a relatively low cost Raid5 solution with traditional SATA; but I'm not even sure of the SSD effect on Raid - and for my uses, I'm not too sure what to do anymore (For me, for example, I need HDD performance and reliability, don't care about size of array (500-756GB for example is plenty for my needs), plus I don't want to wait 30hrs for a HDD to rebuild). The kind of questions I have is how SSD (or Raided SSD?) scales in performance to traditional Raid 5 (on a competant controller) for example, and in turn if SCSI can still get a look-in via performance.
  5. Ok thankyou everyone You have helped me lots - and I have now elected to buy the cheaper Corsair twinx2048-3200 ram, as suggested by all of you.
  6. Oddly enough, I just found 2x1GB sticks of TwinMOS ram for sale for £230... http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.asp?sku=301825&view=detailed Its very cheap compared to Corsair (£200 difference to the high-end ram). I have heard of TwinMOS, but am not sure if I could trust their ram... At the moment my choice is leaning toward the cheaper Corsair CL3 ram...
  7. Thanks for your replies so far guys. Blakerwry, what you say about fully populated slots rings true from what I've heard - so I shall have to decide between the fast/slow timed 2GB ram sets... More opinions are very welcome
  8. I am trying to decide between buying the following (for 2GB total ram); 2x1GB modules of DDR400 ram (2048-3200C2) - 2/3/3/6 2x1GB modules of DDR400 ram (2048-3200) - 3/3/3/8 4x512MB modules of DDR400 ram (1024-3200XLPRO) - 2/2/2/5 Prices for me are: £440 £340 £390 Other than trying to decide if I would notice a difference between 2/3/3/6 and 3/3/3/8, I also dont know if filling all slots up in a mobo is a bad idea. Just for your info, they will be placed in an SLi mobo (probably the new ASUS). The PC is primarily for gaming. If people tell me I won't notice the slower timings I will be sold on the cheaper 2x1GB setup. Any ideas are much appreciated
  9. Yeah obviously frame rates are unaffected - and this future rig is for gaming as well as encoding movies & graphics thanks for that link Chew... So... with 2 drives you cut the seek time (after aligning the heads), which in turn makes the recovery of data (and therefore throughput) much higher than one drive... Thats great... but does this make 3 or 4 drive RAID 0 useless, or are there any gains from that setup? If not, I will go for RAID0+1 with 4x 74GB Raptors, and RAID1 with 2x 250 or 400GB drives. Either way, thanks for your comments guys.
  10. I need some advice with regards to the number of drives used for RAID 0 & RAID 1. I can buy as many drives as I need to. This is what I understand so far (in crude terms). Is this correct? Using RAID 0: 2xDrives can increase read speed by factor of two. 2xDrives can increase write speed by factor of two. 3xDrives can increase read speed by factor of three. 3xDrives can increase write speed by factor of three. 4xDrives can increase read speed by factor of four. 4xDrives can increase write speed by factor of four. Using RAID 1: 2xDrives can increase read speed by factor of two. 2xDrives has no effect on write speed. 3xDrives can increase read speed by factor of three. 3xDrives have no effect on write speed. 4xDrives can increase read speed by factor of four. 4xDrives have no effect on write speed. If performance advantage of >2 drives is not linear (I dont expect it will be) - then I may just stick with two in each array type and go for RAID 0+1 with 4drives. I know about redundancy - this is a gaming PC specup, so I dont need redundancy (ergo - RAID0+1 is not a reason for not having >2 drives if they provide good performance increases). Thanks in advance.
  11. dpreview is an excellent site
  12. I thought Intel were only using the new naming convention for the 775-pin versions
  13. Alkali

    How Full Should My Hard Drive Be?

    Like others have suggested, I would also keep at least 10-15% free if I were you
  14. Alkali

    Is It Possible To Put A Dvdrw On Sata?

    I think there is a SATA controller out there that is capable of ATAPI... trying to remember where I read about it...