imtim83 wrote:cfitz they are not going to be very expersive in my opinion. Western Digital is aiming to deliver the Raptor at around $160! I know its only 36 gigs at first when it comes out but there should be bigger versions soon after that one is out!
$160 for 36GB is very expensive.
Raptor is targeted for the small-mid size enterprise space.
8MB buffer, 5.2ms access time, 5 year warranty.
$160 is cheap when compared to $220 for a similarly performing and sized SCSI drive with a 4.7ms access time. Not to mention the difference in cost between a SATA card and SCSI card.
You could use it in a RAID 0 with another drive. Should be plenty fast with a reasonable amount of space.
SATA has some benefits (SATA2 will be the time to buy for most folks) like a better bus and better error checking (more important for mission critical situations, not consumer level)... not to mention extremely low CPU utilization <5% vs 30% for a RAID 0.
There's always a SATA/PATA converter.
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on Sun Mar 02, 2003 2:44 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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