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    SanDisk Extreme SSD Review Discussion

    Thanks for adding the Samsung 830 and the Plextor drive to the charts!
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    Plextor PX-M3P SSD Announced Discussion

    +1 M4, Samsung 830, Plextor M3, and high end sandforce would be great. All the sandforce drives are pretty similar, but comparing between "families" would be a big help/
  3. I thought I might have seen this posted a while ago, but some guys over on XS are stress-testing several SSD's non-stop to determine how and when they will die. Link Mostly testing the smallest size drives for obvious reasons, but several SSD's are at over 100Terabytes written already. Very interesting thread to follow, to see what happens.
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    SSD failure rates compared to hard drives

    Interesting (I'm oonly looking at SSD results). So basically all sandforce drives have about the same (within 1%) failure rate. I thought Kingston was a rebranded Intel drive? I wonder why the difference in failure rate between it and the Intel. I do wonder if user error could be to blame for some, I guess we will never know what the reason for return was.
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    Limited lifetime?

    Does this count? Hardware Canucks
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    Crucial RealSSD C300 Review - CTFDDAC064MAG

    I agree 100%, I would respectfully ask for this as well. I too spend a lot of time scrolling up and down trying to figure out where each drive is. Otherwise, good review!
  7. Hmmm......I find it hard to take seriously an article with writing like this. Given that TRIM is supported by Windows 7, Linux, and BSD I believe, TRIM isn't limited to just PC users. This sounds more like sour grapes from a Apple fanboy.
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    When did Eugene and company sell out?

    Wow, blast from the past! Haven't read a supercaff post in forever, along with some others that have posted here. I remember some long threads involving SC, including at least one flame-fest with Davin.:lol::lol: Anyone see posts from BBH? He was another respected poster that I haven't seen in a long time. And remember Tannin when he was around?
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    Crucial RealSSD C300 Review 256GB

    Thanks, I figured it wasn't easy, otherwise you would have already found one to test on.
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    Crucial RealSSD C300 Review 256GB

    Thanks for the review. Any chance you could find a non-RAID 6gbps SATA card that doesn't have problems with the C300? I ask because I bet most people don't really want to pay another $300 for a RAID card. I read at the end of the review that the one you had didn't work well, but we really can't tell (or at least I can't) what the real improvement from a 3 ->6 gbps controller is since the RAID card probably artificially inflates the C300 score. Thanks
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    Your Favorite Model Drive

    All time favorite? Seagate 40Meg MFM drive. I think it was a ST-251. That was back in the day when you could run software to check for drive interleaving, and change it to speed things up. That drive lasted forever for me. Current favorite? X-25M It's nice, fast, cool, and quiet. (but not cheap)
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    Fastest HDD on planet?

    sorry for my noobishness, but from what I've understood, there's three essential statistics about a hard drive: read & write speed (linear access) , and access time (random access). Now I might miss other things ... great ... I've read so many reviews filled with boring statistics... But not a lot of literature concerning "intended use" (go and figure out yourself). You forgot the most important thing that determines the "speed" of a hard drive: firmware The access time and transfer rates show only the physical stats of the drive, but not how well the firmware uses them. If you look at this SR chart , it shows the 15k.4 and 15k.5 . Despite the newer version having faster access, and higher STR, it shows that it is slower then the older version for *single user* benchmarks. So the newer "faster" drive (by specs) is actually slower in real-world usage (for single users of course). What causes this? The firmware. In fact, SCSI drives are not the fastest anymore for workstations and single users, because their firmware is being optimized for multi-user server usage. That's why the server benchmarks show an increase from the older to newer drive. As a result of that, the single-user scores go down. But even in regular SATA drives, look at the WD Black 1Tb and the Samsung F1 1tb drives. They have roughly the same specs, and use roughly the same platter densities. It's the drives firmware that really makes the difference in benchmark testing, since their physical specs are all about the same.
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    New HD's added to database

    New drives added Interesting that retail Vraptor is so much louder then the beta. Also, the WD black 1Tb looks pretty good, slightly faster then the F1, but uses slight more power.
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    Optimal desktop performance

    What he said......both are faster then the Hitachi drives. This Techreport link has all of these drives in their review of the VRaptor. They also include noise and power draw for all these drives.
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    Optimal desktop performance

    I would say one large fast drive is fine. IF you wanted to, you could get two drives, and put the OS on one and Apps/games on the other. This would also let you put a page file on both drives, and let the OS decide which page file to use, which might help a little. But overall, one drive is fine. If you really want fast, you could get the 300gig Vraptor (it's $300), but I'd go with the more reasonable choise of the WD 640gig or Samsung F1 1tb, both of which are within ~10% of the Vraptor, but less expensive. (~$90 for the 640gig, $180 for the 1tb)
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    Cool Harddisks

    SR's database has power consumption usage, as does techreport. Lower power should equal lower temps. Techreport SR active power
  17. I think you mean that IBM (and others) make 15K hard drives.
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    what HDD setup to go for?

    You can, but it doesn't make that much of a difference, at least for most "regular" applications. One modern fast 7200rpm should be fine. Things like Photoshop and other video editing software would probably help from multiple physicial hard drives. The only raptor worth buying now (IMHO) is the new 300Gig Vraptor. It's the fastest SATA hard drive now, ~10% faster then the next two fastest drives, the WD 640Gig and Samsung 1Tb F1. The older 36,74, and 150Gig raptors aren't faster then the WD and Samsung drives I mentioned. The 300Gig Vraptor is $300, $1/gb, while the 640Gig WD is only ~$100, which is $0.15/gb. So you pay a lot more for a little increase in speed, and loose storage capacity. Game loading times will be helped a bit with a raptor, but it comes at a high $$ cost, as I mentioned above. It's up to everyone to decide whether it's worth the extra money. The best "bang for buck" would be to get 1 or 2 WD 640's, depending on your space requirements. Or for "max speed" get 1 300Gig Vraptor for OS and a 640Gig for storage.
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    1TB recommendation (performance)

    Samsung F1 is the fastest, and out of the 7200rpm drives (the WD is 5400), also draws the least amount of power and is the quietest to boot. Link to SR database
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    Samsung F series?!

    Yea! The F1 is now in the performance database.
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    New WD 320GB/platter drives

    Just came here to post a link to that review as well. Looks like the 640Gig WD is equal to the F1 Samsung in overall benchmarks, and uses a bit less power, which is expected with 2 vs 3 platters.
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    First new build in 8 years

    it's more like a 95% moron ratio; the Samsung F1's don't detect properly to most common HD monitoring utilities and most of the morons haven't figured that out yet...That said, yes, there are a small handful of sudden failures that is a bit of a concern. If you read user reviews though, it's apparently waaay overblown from the user reviews. The 320GB/platter drives do sound sweet, but WD's drives apparently are conservatively tuned and aren't producing the speed advantages some expected. Yeah, it seems the problem with most of the F1's is that Samsung's own utility Hutil, isn't compatible with the F1's, and gives incorrect readings. I'm sure some people have had disk failures, that happens with any drive, but for the most part, the problem is the program, not the HD. Have you seen any reviews of the WD 640? I've only seen access times and STR rates, not a real review. It does seem that the 640's access times are significantly better the 320 version, with a theory that the 320's AAM is always on that is causing the difference. So far, the access times and STR seem to be about the same compared to the 320Gig and 1Tb Samsungs.
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    First new build in 8 years

    You can't tell...that's the fun ( ) of's always a roll of the dice. OK, good decision. Didn't know if your audio software would take advantage of 4 cores. Western Digital has their new 320/Gig per platter drives out, and the 640Gig model is only $130. THis means you only have two platters, and thus less noise, heat, and power. The higher the density of the platters, the faster the transfer rates are, and the faster the HD is (in general of course, access times and firmware play a big role as well). The Samsung F1 1Tb drive also has 340Gig/platter, so it only has 3 platters, but it costs $260, so you could get to WD drives for one Samsung, and end up with a bit more space. Samsung hasn't gotten their 640Gig version out yet, hopefully they will soon. The Hitachi and Seagate drives still use lower density platters, so they will have lower transfer rates and higher power /heat requirements. Short stroking is where you partion only a part of the HD, and leave the reast of the HD unused, to reduce the distance the read/write heads have to travel. For example, if a regular HD has a platter that the head travels 2 inches on, if you only partition it so the outer inch isn't used, the R/W head only has to move back and forth over 1 inch, instead of two. That speeds up access time, and produces faster performance (firmware, access time, and platter density are the three big things that determine a HD's "speed"). The downside it that you are wasting some of the HD's space, so for most people, I would say that this isn't worth it. Modern drives are so fast nowadays, this isn't needed (at least for home users) The Samsung is really well reviewed, and Plextor doesn't make their own DVD drives anymore (they are all just rebadged from other makers), they have (IMO) gone downhill from 10 years ago, when their SCSI stuff was bulletproof. Go with the Samsung, Pio, or Liteon. No, but less voltage=less heat=less risk of killing the RAM. The trade off for higher cost, higher heat, and larger chance of failure doesn't make it worth it, compared to the very minimal speed benefit you gain. Plus, you usually will have to set the RAM's speed and voltage manually in the BIOS (don't know if that's a problem for you). IMO, the only reason to buy RAM over DDR2-800 is if you plan to overclock, and you think you can go over a 400MHz FSB setting. With the e8400, a lot of them can get up to the 450-500MHz FSB range, so then you would need faster RAM. But I would still look for the lower voltage options within whatever spped you decide on. Going to CAS 4 from 5, or CAS 5 from 6 is insignificant, and only makes you run the RAM at a higher voltage. Also note if you OC, that 4 sticks of RAM are harder to OC then 2, and usually if the RAM is OK in the first 30 days, it won't die. You can run Memtest to make sure it runs at spec OK. I like the Corsair 520W, I have it running my Oc'd Q6600 and 8800GT without a problem. Go over to JonnyGuru website for PSU reviews and info. Don't quote me, but I *think* at least some "multiple rail PSU's are actually a single rail, it's just hidden "behind the scenes" as it were. But JonnyGuru will be able to tell you correctly. The people at SPCR are pretty good as well, they won't steer you wrong.
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    First new build in 8 years

    This is the last gen C2D......A quad core Q6600 is only ~$250-260. Granted, it's a lower clock speed then your choice, and I don't know if your audio software would take advantage of 4 cores. Also, if you can get it the e8400 is the die shrink of your CPU, so it runs cooler then the e6850. They are a bit hard to find, since they sell out quickly. I personally would either go quad core (if you think it could help) or with the e8400 to save on heat/power. If you want to try overclocking, the e8400 can usually hit 4GHz pretty easily. I (IMHO) don't think that the high speed RAM is really worth it. Having to run 2.1-2.2V just doesn't seem wroth it to me. There are plenty of 5-5-5-15 1.8V 4gig kits around, and I would go with the lower voltage RAM any day. For real world apps, the difference between 4-4-4 and 5-5-5 isn't going to be seen, and even in benchmarks, it's probably only 1-2%. I'd rather have the cooler RAM to add less heat or potential for death. Mushkin, OCZ, GSkill, Geil, Corsair are all reputable brands. Seasonic and Corsair 500-600W models are all really good, and well liked. PCP&C I think have been surpassed (or at least equaled) by Seasonic and Corsair. ANd some of the PCP&C use 80mm fans, which I don't like. Bigger 120mm fans move more air at lower RPM and thus have a lower noise level. With a VC that you picked, you probably don't even need 500W, since my Q6600 ruinning at 3.5GHz with 8Gig RAM and an 8800GT runs fine on the Corsair 520W.
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    silent but efficient 1TB drive: WDGP or F1 ?

    I think it's been shown here at SR, as well as other sites, that the WD GP runs ONLY at 5400rpm, and does NOT change speeds.