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    Intel SSD 750 Review Discusison

    Hmm, the more I read about this new SSD doesn't have encryption and the TBW, although high, isn't what I expected if you plan to keep and use this for a long time. Maybe I'll wait a bit and see what else comes out over the next few months or maybe the enterprise offerings will come down somewhat.
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    Intel SSD 750 Review Discusison

    It looks like your testing has the maximum throughput at 1852.97MB/s. I'd be running this card in a PCIe 2.0 x4 slot and it looks like (from my Wikipedia calculations) that would limit me to ~1600MB/s, which isn't off by much. Just curious if anyone here knows whether the slower interface would affect the other numbers. I have a Z77 chipset and don't really know if this would be bootable, or at least it hasn't been confirmed under Z97 yet. (I do have the latest UEFI for this board, I'll look into the version here shortly). This would require a full Windows install; so it's something I'll consider once Windows 10 comes out (and I decide whether it's time to start fresh anyway from Windows 7). Thanks!
  3. In case anyone is interested, I have 3 of my 15k.3's up on eBay right now ending on Wednesday. Search for these if numbers if interested: 300417565992 - 36GB 15K.3 #1 300417567359 - 36GB 15K.3 #2 300417569130 - 73GB 15K.3 HP branded drive They expire a little before 6:00PM PDT. Thanks for looking!
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    The Fall of StorageReview

    I haven't been on here in a long time either; Eugene was still running the show at the time. And the site looks very different. But this new guy Brian seems to be quite active and that is a good sign. I'd agree with the rest; SR needs to review SSD's. I myself am in hard drive limbo. My current drives still work fine (even though they're old) but I'm not too impressed with the SSD replacements yet...the random write is still horrible by comparison to the other specs. You can't get a well-rounded SSD, just one that shows big numbers in some categories. So, how do we get manufacturers to send drives in for testing to SR?
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    Lots of corrected ECC errors

    I think that might be another field re-used by Seagate for other purposes; mine reads quite high as well. smartctl version 5.37 [i686-mingw32-xp-sp3] Copyright (C) 2002-6 Bruce Allen Home page is Device: SEAGATE ST3300655LW Version: 0003 Device type: disk Transport protocol: Parallel SCSI (SPI-4) Local Time is: Thu Dec 18 20:33:51 2008 CST Device supports SMART and is Enabled Temperature Warning Enabled SMART Health Status: OK Current Drive Temperature: 31 C Drive Trip Temperature: 68 C Elements in grown defect list: 0 Vendor (Seagate) cache information Blocks sent to initiator = 2117180009 Blocks received from initiator = 1261857612 Blocks read from cache and sent to initiator = 1459760869 Number of read and write commands whose size <= segment size = 13895145 Number of read and write commands whose size > segment size = 646 Vendor (Seagate/Hitachi) factory information number of hours powered up = 2174.25 number of minutes until next internal SMART test = 51 Error counter log: Errors Corrected by Total Correction Gigabytes Total ECC rereads/ errors algorithm processed uncorrected fast | delayed rewrites corrected invocations [10^9 bytes] errors read: 10964046 32 0 10964078 10964078 3284.410 0 write: 0 0 0 0 0 132425827.621 0 verify: 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 Non-medium error count: 6 [GLTSD (Global Logging Target Save Disable) set. Enable Save with '-S on'] No self-tests have been logged Long (extended) Self Test duration: 2800 seconds [46.7 minutes]
  6. I'll answer your questions backwards. First of all, U320 drives will work fine on a U160 controller. Supposedly the only real difference between the two is a slightly different command set. I have 2 U320 drives each (15k.3's) on two different machines. One has a U160 controller and the other has a U320 controller. One is a 36GB drive (OS and general programs), and the 73GB drive I use for programs bigger than 250MB...mostly games, web browser cache, and some mapping software. Unless you have more than 2 15K drives, you can't exceed U160 speeds anyway. It's a tough call since you have the U160 controller already, but I'd probably still go with the Raptors and make sure you have 2GB of RAM on a gaming setup. (I turned off my paging file a long time ago.) The exception might be if you were going to convert this computer to a server in the near future. A modern video card is important too once the game loads up. So, I'm agreeing with mitch in other words.
  7. After you play multiple games, check your "Commit charge Peak" under the Task Manager, Performance tab. Do you exceed 1937788? That's the value I have for 2GB of RAM. I personally have never needed a page file since I upgraded to 2GB of RAM, except when I run Photoshop on uncompressed pictures. Win XP runs fine without one. Win XP will create a page file for you if you happen to run out, even if it is shut off. Sounds like a pretty nice setup overall. I'm upgrading to the 6600 personally this weekend, and am going to OC it after I see how far I can get my somewhat older RAM to go first.
  8. Something else that I did too - get 2GB of RAM, and turn then off your paging file. You won't need to write RAM to your hard drive anymore. Then, under system properties, Performance, change your memory usage to "system cache". I'd do this before a hard drive upgrade if you have no immediate plans to change out your motherboard to something faster. (In that case, buy faster RAM than you need right now.) The only game I know "for sure" that can use more than 1GB of RAM is Battlefield 2, but there might be others.
  9. It seems to me that you're looking at just one item (STR)=Sequential Transfer Rate and calling that the most important thing in the world while loading games. Do you load more than one big file? Then access time is important too. Creating a RAID 0 array will do nothing for your access time. In fact, access time will get worse. There are two drives to move the head for each file. If you really believe that STR is the most important thing, then I'd go with BBH's suggestion. I looked it up for you; it's the Seagate 15K.5 300GB. Realistically, this is a *very* expensive solution. If you want something more balanced, I'd stick with my first suggestion. Something based on the new Intel X6800 processor could not hurt either. P.S. Afireinside, did you read the FAQ yet?
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    Atlas 15K "beep" and reset!

    Are you using the "enable motor start" feature? That was one of the reasons why I went SCSI in the first place...multiple drives will start up one at a time. If you are not using this feature, change the jumpers and see if anything changes. I have Seagate drives but I think all SCSI drives have this feature on it within the last few years.
  11. Hello and welcome to the forum! As BBH is referring to above, it's actually quite the misconception that RAID 0 is better for gaming. The FAQ calls it the "holy grail" if I remember correctly. If that were my system, I would use the Raptor as your C: drive, and perhaps get a much larger Seagate as your D: drive. (7200.10). Then, install of your software to the D: drive. Also, you can use the D: drive for a Ghost image backup of your C: drive, which still has your email, "My Documents", etc. on it. If you are not concerned about backups and have lots of space left, I would probably just leave your system as-is. It's going to be a bit of work to reinstall Windows and all your apps after you break apart the array. Good Luck.
  12. P.S. Please send me a PM (if you win) so I know that you're really a member here. It doesn't matter if you have no postings, just that I know you read it here. Thanks.
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    A question on Seagate's warranty

    I bought two 36GB 15K.3's from HM in December 2002. I exchanged one of them before December 2004 due to a cold-start problem. (I know this because I entered it into the SR reliability survey). I had no problems with the return. I also just double-checked both drives on the Seagate returns site; one is warrantied a few days less than 5 years, and the other about 3 months over 5 years. So, I guess your remedy is to determine whether you bought them as OEM drives on the receipt or not. If not, someone is making a mistake. Mine were bulk packaged too; that makes no difference. Check back with HM and let us know what they say...
  14. I put a few items of mine up for sale below. As a favor to us SR members, if you mention that you bought it through SR there will be no shipping charges for the first 48 states: Seagate 120GB (3 available) Western Digital 80GB (2 available) Escalade 7506-4LP RAID 5 PATA card (great card; I just wasn't using all that capacity it offered) 2.4GHz P4 +1GB ECC DDR RAM motherboard (P4G8X Deluxe) Thanks for looking!
  15. I'd try smartmontools. When I used to run my 3Ware controller, smartctl could read through the controller and get the SMART values out of it. smartmontools is free from