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    SSD Reviews?

    I just called DV Nation who does have a few in stock. They are selling the 80gb model for around $3000. So yea.... And here i thought Intel was overcharging when i heard their 80gb MLC models' MSRP was set at $599. Also, the IO Drive wont work with any 32bit OS's, Vista support is currently lacking AND you cannot use it as a boot device. Though the last 2 of those 3 quibbles should be fixed by the end of the year, or so they say.
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    On-board vs extern RAID controller

    The biggest reason i've seen to use an add-on RAID controller over on-motherboard controllers is to get a Cache, so as to sequence data before its sent to the hard drive. Speeding it up. Out of all controller manufacturers, i like Adaptec the best. The 2405 nets you 4 SATA II ports, a 128mb Cache and an 800mhz control processor.
  3. the GP drives run at 5400rpm. Typically they run very quiet with little vibration and little heat, though the comprimise is with less performance. SPCR did a really good review of its acoustics and vibrations: For benchmarks though you'll have to look elsewhere, but its likely to be on par with 2.5" 7200rpm drives (maybe a tad faster), and slower than your typical 3.5" drives because they all run at 7200rpm and this one runs at 5400rpm.
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    Avoiding resonance: how?

    For a case to reduce vibration, you want the thickest "Cold Rolled Steel" you can get. The Antec NSK3480 is only $100, and comes with an 80+ certified PSU and is made of .8mm CRS. Thats pretty thick. I think the Antec Solo is made from 1.0mm CRS, not sure though. You may also want to look into getting different hard drives. Heres a listing of quiet hard drives tested by SPCR: Theirs a column for the amount of vibration the drive creates. the WDGP is the best 3.5" drive as far as vibration is concerned, though it does only spin at 5400rpm. Next up below that are the WD Caviar drives followed by the Samsung F1. If you really want zero vibrations though, get a 2.5" drive. The velociraptor is a 2.5" drive with very good performance and virtually no vibration or noise. If you want something less expensive than that, look at any of the 7200rpm 2.5" drives. 5400rpm drives are going to be the most quiet though but will have slower performance. But thats always the trade-off. If you want something truely silent with no vibration its probably going to run slow, and things that run fast typically either cost a lot or make a lot of noise/vibrations.
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    Avoiding resonance: how?

    decoupling is the only way. if you dont like suspension try one of the HDD enclosures like the Scythe Quiet Drive. It will decouple as well as dampen the seek noise a bit and can be hard mounted into 5.25" bays.
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    SSD Reviews?

    exactly. honestly thats what i have had to do because i'm not getting the information from this site. Though i prefer the testing methodology here at storage review over other sights. Anandtech has done a really good SSD review lately including the Samsung MLC, SLC and the new Intel MLC drives. They show why you should avoid the myriad of Samsung MLC/JMicron SSD drives. Before i read this review, i was honestly about to waist $300 on one of those MLC/JMicron drives. These are the sorts of reviews i expect to see from storage review, not anandtech. Also i found some good SSD benchmarks at One thing i liked at this site was the large array of drives they have reviewed, even including very cost prohibitive drives from companies like Mtron and Memoright. As well as the less expensive ones from all the samsung MLC/JMicron clone SSD's. But i'm a bit mixed about this site. On the one hand they seem to be the only review site on the net that has noticed that "all Intel ICH9/9R and ICH10/10R chipsets featured on 3- and 4- series motherboards exhibit a bandwidth limit defect for most SSDs of approximately 80MBps when not operating in ACHI mode (BIOS configuration)". But they seemed to have missed the horrible write performance of the Samsung MLC/JMicron combination SSD that anandtech picked up on in their recent review. One other thing i found at yet another review site was the fact that SSD performance seems to drop a bit the more you fill the drive up. Though i forget which site caught that. === This is all stuff i expect storage review to have already figured out, and have already reviewed drives based upon. This is supposed to be THE PLACE ON THE INTERNET for all storage reviews, and right now it really isnt.
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    SSD Reviews?

    I'm pretty amazed at the total lack of SSD reviews. You can find virtually every HDD on the market here, usually before they are even for sale in stores. So far i only see 2 SSD drives on the benchmark boards, though the bar for the .1ms response time is displayed incorrectly. But if you click on the drives to read their review they are non existant. Going to newegg, you can find a fairly large selection of affordable SSD drives already, SLC and MLC. Sizes with SATA or SATAII connectors ranging from 32gb up to 128gb. Prices seem to be falling very quickly too. I believe the price is now low enough that people that would normally consider drives like the velociraptor are looking into SSD's instead. Are SSD's going to be reviewed here, or will the site just slowly die over the next 5 years as SSD's start replacing HDD's as the primary storage medium for computers?