Velociraptor for my Mac Pro

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  1. MasterM6 macrumors member

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    I have decided to buy a WESTERN DIGITAL VELOCIRAPTOR 300GB 3.5# 10K RPM SATA/300 16MB does it work in Mac Pro 2009? Remember reading something about one version not working.

    It is marked as WD3000HLFS.
     
  2. sboerup macrumors 6502

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    The HLFS model is the correct model with the backplane ready to mount into any of the standard Mac Pro drives.

    FWIW, the 6400AAKS is 90% the speed for a fraction of the cost. YMMV though.
     
  3. MasterM6 thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry but I didn´t understand much of your last sentence there....

    But thanks for the help :D
     
  4. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    YMMV = Your milage may vary.

    PS: I've got a 300Gb Veloci in my 2009 Mac Pro and IT FILES.

    Although not as quick as a SSD I guess!
     
  5. simplymuzik3 macrumors 6502a

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    i think you mean it FLIES not FILES :D
     
  6. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    Quite. :p
     
  7. bzshutter macrumors newbie

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    I've got the 150gb version in mine, works perfectly fine. Great as a system/app drive!
     
  8. Boneoh macrumors 6502

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    I'm running 3 in a RAID 0 stripe for my user files. It is very fast! :D
     
  9. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    Boneoh, what do you use for a startup drive? I've been thinking about RAIDing a few VRs together for a home volume.
     
  10. Boneoh macrumors 6502

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    I'm using the Intel X25M for the OS. Here is a link to another post that has the benchmarks. I am very pleased. Photoshop CS4 starts in 2 to 3 seconds. :D

    Disk benchmarks http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=7255329&highlight=Disktester#post7255329

    Memory stress test http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=7261725&highlight=stress+test#post7261725

    Geekbench http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/view/116989
     
  11. hatehereyes macrumors 6502a

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    I've got the GLFS.

    Does that mean i'd have to buy the mounts in order to fit mine into my mac pro?
     
  12. Boneoh macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure what type of mounts are available, but the "G" model will not plug directly into the backplane using the standard disk trays in the MP. I found out the hard way :eek:, and did a simple exchange for the "H" model. :)
     
  13. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    That's a high performance machine you've got there!
     
  14. MasterM6 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the help! Will order it tomorrow.
     
  15. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    In your case ('08 model), YES. :) MaxUpgrades makes a sled that works with the WD3000GLFS models. (Remove the drive from the aluminum mount, and attach it to the mount, then plug it into the drive bay).
     
  16. Mac Husky macrumors regular

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    What do you think would lead to more speed benefit:

    1. Going for a 2.93 quad instead of a 2.66 quad.
    2. Getting a 2.66 quad and buy a WD VelicoRaptor as system disk.

    What about the noise of the VR vs the Caviar Black? To be neglected?!

    Till now I planned to let the original system disk in and get 3x1TB Caviar Black for position 2-4.
     
  17. MasterM6 thread starter macrumors member

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    Buy the Quad 2.93 and buy the VR when you got the money ;)
     
  18. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    That's what I did. It cost me $200.00 (after a $30.00 mail in rebate) for the 300 GB VR. Definitely worth it.
     
  19. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    The VR's noise is negligable. :) My case fans are louder. :eek: :p
     
  20. Mac Husky macrumors regular

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    I - being honest - closed my posting with: please don´t say 2.93 and VR :D
    Than I decided to leave out the note. Better shouldn´t have done that :rolleyes:
    Just coming up from the cellar where I went for crying out loud my frustration.
    The VelociRaptor costs minimum 300 USD in Germany. The prices here make me go crazy.
    Buying a Mac Pro in the US I could go for 4 x WD VR RAID 0 and still had money left for a lot of backup solutions.

    But as I don´t - turn back to the question:

    More speed by

    1. 2.93 quad instead of a 2.66 quad ??
    2. 2.66 quad and VelicoRaptor as system disk ??
     
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  22. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    TBH dude, after having the same debate I went for the 2.66.

    The 18% increase in UK HE price to the 2.93 didn't match the 3% single core or 9-10% multicore increase in performance from the benchies.

    The £300 has been set aside for a year or twos time when the 32nm refresh come out, it will probably be the same amount as I loose on the machine itself over the next period.

    Buy the 2.66 :) Oh and the veloci you can just hear over the fans when idle but seeking you can defiantly hear it, doesn't bother me, its a healthy click although not quite as good as the old SCSI Ultra III 9gb drives you used to get :p
     
  23. Mac Husky macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your assessment, Concorde Rules!

    The same here in Germany: +20,0% increase of the price for 2.93 instead 2.66 quad.
    And the other data has been shown before also: 2-8% increase of speed.

    The VelociRaptor is 11% of the system´s price. Don´t know about the speed increase?!
    Had a good link comparing some different starter disks, but unfortunately lost it.

    2.66 quad 6GB RAM + VR = € 2.333 (edu price)
    2.93 quad 6GB RAM = € 2.506 (edu price)
     
  24. benbraco macrumors newbie

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    In Belgium, I take the quad 2.93/6GB/HD4870 + VR all for around 2900-2950 €

    I'm really happy, the OS and app on the VR for max performances
     
  25. Mac Husky macrumors regular

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    Did you ride the Mac Pro with the original system disk before, so that you can compare the speed with it?!
    Did you buy the 150GB or 300GB VR?
     

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