SATA vs SAS

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  1. scottydawg macrumors 6502

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    I have a mac pro on order with a RAID card and 2 SAS drives (to start) for that I am going to be using for video editing. I am starting to have second thoughts if this is overkill and I would be fine with the SATA drives. Any thoughts?
     
  2. newtech macrumors 6502

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    SAS is more geared towards enterprise servers and more expensive than SATA, seems like overkill unless you have mission critical requirements.
     
  3. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    Nothing is overkill for video if you can afford it.
     
  4. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    The different in throughput is notable, and with higher-performance IO cards the difference in striped performance is also notable. If pumping data is what you need to do, SAS is a better option. It's nice to see Apple finally catching up with Dell.

    However - the difference in noise is also notable. I don't know how much of it you'd hear outside the Pro. I don't do very IO intensive stuff on Macs so my newest Pro has been ordered with SATA, but my Dell Precisions do make a relatively loud racket with SAS drives in RAID0.
     
  5. scottydawg thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I may have to starve for a month but I suppose I can afford it, I just like keeping money in my pocket whenever I can so I can buy other goodies :D

    I have a RAID card running in RAID 0 in my PC that is 4 years old and it has been great at video editing with Adobe Premiere so I just figured that was the way to go moving to the Mac. I have been reading where some people are fine with SATA so I thought I should ask.
     
  6. kittiyut macrumors regular

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    And don't forget that by going SAS, you sacrifice storage space (pay more per GB) because these drives spin at a much higher speed (10,000 or 15,000 rpm) the areal density is less per plater than the 7,200 rpm
     
  7. zdobson macrumors 6502

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    Thought... if you wait until you're absolutely certain you need something, it's only going to be cheaper.
     
  8. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    And updated the day after you buy it. :D
     
  9. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    This probably can't be stated enough, heat is also more of an issue which means the fans are likely to be working harder.
     
  10. ComeOnDieYoung macrumors member

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    another related question...

    Is the RAID card/ SAS installation something that needs to be installed when the computer is being built, or can it be added as an upgrade later?
     
  11. scottydawg thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You can upgrade to it later if you want.
     

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