Western Digital Velociraptor vs Western Digital Caviar Black vs OCZ Vertex Plus?

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  1. MacintoshMaster, Oct 24, 2011
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    MacintoshMaster macrumors 6502

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    Hi there,
    Which is better? The Velociraptor is 10k rpm but only 32mb cache and the caviar black is only 7200rpm but have twice as much cache. I can't seem to find any info on comparing the two drives... Will the velociraptor fit in a powermac g5? It looks way bigger? Or the OCZ Vertex Plus sata 2? I head the cheaper ssd drives are slower:


    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OCZ-Verte...dDrives_RL&hash=item20bd3cd0c9#ht_3984wt_1398
     
  2. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    Even the first generation SSDs destroy any HDD in general performance. There is no competition other than other SSDs.
    Only the really old SSD had serious problems but that is pre Vertex area. With Indilinx and all that came after the HDDs simple lost.

    i doubt a 10k Velociraptor will fly in a Notebook. Too much heat, too much noise, bad battery life. It is a Desktop class HDD.
    Cache doesn't really matter all that much unless it is really a lot like on the Momentus XT.
     
  3. MacintoshMaster thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your reply! Is the velociraptor much faster than the caviar black in a powermac g5?
     
  4. HellDiverUK macrumors 6502

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    The Dells at work have Velociraptors in them. Out of 5 machines, all have had the drive replaced at least one. They're not very reliable, and they're not particularly quick. The same machines have a secondary 500GB Caviar Blue which have all been perfect.

    As for OCZ, I wouldn't touch one with yours. I've had 3x Agility 3 in the last couple of months, they're in no shape or form reliable. If you're going SSD, then Intel is ALL you should be looking at.

    The Momentus XT is an excellent drive, particularly now they've sorted the firmware. I'd be using one if it fitted in my current laptop, unfortunately it only takes a 7mm drive. :( I wish Samsung or Seagate would produce a 7mm high hybrid drive...
     

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