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Discussion in '[H]ot|DEALS' started by salo, Aug 17, 2005.
Retail Box at Fry's B&M
Sweet deal, thanks!
is the $30 a MIR?
yes it is.which sux....but i mite bit.good til tomorrow(thursday).
damn all you with frys why won't they come to the east coast they make me sad giving everybody else good deals why I have to be content with bb and cc wahhhhh
check that rebate link online it doesn't work for me oh wait you can buy it in the store but it's also online for 10 more on outpost
They did this 6 months ago or so didn't they? Same exact deal. Is there any reason these things hold their value so well? Just because of the 10k factor?
The 36GB is considerably slower than the 74GB Raptor.
only by like .7ms if memory serves and these are are overpriced at their normal cost per gb
The application level performance of the WD360GD is significantly slower than WD740GD. Not only are the seeks slightly slower (5.2ms vs 4.5ms) but the WD360GD has firmware that is inferior to the WD740GD. Up until this deal, the WD360GD was also priced substantially higher per GB than WD740GD. These three significant drawbacks conspire to keep me from recommending WD360GD for most users.
However, at this price WD360GD looks quite a bit better. Users looking for a pretty quick boot drive of above average reliability and performance that is much better than drives of comparable capacity should check this out. Heck, 40GB 7200RPM drives go for at least $50.
No, they are about 25-33% faster in gaming and booting. Aside from the size, the 74GB was like v2 from WD. Plus the 36GB drives fill up far faster and the performance drastically drops (~80%) when the data has to be accessed from the outer edges of the drive. One 74GB would even be faster than two 36GB in RAID, in most cases:
DL is right.
Purely from a physics point of view, the outside edge of the platter has a higher tangential velocity than the inside edge of the platter. Sorry, I'm a physics geek at heart.
So if you had to go somwhere that's 100 miles away at 50MPH it would take 2 hours (outer track) or somewhere 50 miles away at 40MPH it would still take less time at 1Hr 15 min (inner track).
I'm not a physics geek, just a geek with a very low IQ so I'm shure I'm real wrong on this thought.
Think of it like this. If we were to take a piece of string and wrap it around the outside edge of the platter, and then for the inside edge of the platter, we would find the outside edge is much longer than the inside edge. Because the disc spins at a constant RPM, and the entire platter moves together (because the inside edge is attached to the outside edge) the outside edge must move faster to travel the longer distance (and make one revolution) in the same amount of time that the inside edge takes to travel its shorter distance.
NCQ / TCQ should solve their performance issue so Im not sure why WD doesn't go to it.
Please note people WD released two versions of the 36GB raptor. The newest revision has modifications made after they released the 74GB version. You can tell the difference by looking through the back of the box and comparing it to a 74GB. The most obvious change is the newest 36GB raptors used the liquid bearings like the 74GB's and therefore use the same external casing. I've seen both on sale at B&M Fry's with no listed difference.
I was agreeing that without a deal like this th 36 gigs aren't worth it. another trick you can do iis to install partitions on sections of the drive to maximize performance. like one 20 gig partition and a 16 that way if you run your os on the partition on the inside of the disc you won't lose speed