I personally plan on buying a set of 2 myself for a RAID0, even tho the performance isn't much of a gain, more of the centralized storage. Heat doesn't concern me, seeing as how I'm sure my 6800U gives off more of a heat problem then any harddrive can attempt As for noise....eh, noise doesn't bother me. I mean, who sits on their computer with no music in the backround? I use headphones more often than not, and I have decent speakers that cover up fan noise otherwise...whisper quiet has never been one of my concerns
I moved from a standard 7200rpm 8mb cache IDE drive to a 36gb raptor and notice a pretty substantial difference. Boot times are faster, programs install more quickly, and big programs like photoshop start very fast compared to before. I'd say if you have the money for the drive and some good cooling to make them last longer, they are definitely worth it.
Great drive, defenitely a good deal on the 74Gb at $150 (with Newegg rebate). The reads are louder than 7200 drives, but are the same idling. Naturally, they run a little hotter but remarkably much cooler than 10k SCSI counterparts. Make sure your case has good airflow, and if possible leave some space between the top and bottom of the drive. No need to get one of those cheap HD fans if you take those measures.
I can't complain too much about the noise and the heat since the fans drown both out, but it's definitely the fastest hard drive in this system or any other non-Raptor hard drive for that matter. Very expensive, but if you're interested in speed you can't do better.
I'm currently running 2 74gig Raptors in RAID 0... yeah yeah, so many people argue against RAID 0 but really, try it, you'll find that when you're moving 5 gig files around, RAID 0 REALLY helps a lot.
Anyhow, so far I'm pleased with these drives. There really doesnt seem to be much lag time. Bootup from power up to using Windows is no more then about 20 seconds and I dont really have an application or game that takes more then a few seconds to load.
Impressive drives they are.
I installed 2 Ultimate Harddrive Coolers along with it. The massive heatsink and dual fans keep both drives cool to the touch.
I have a pair of 36GB Raptors in RAID 0 and I'm really really happy with them. I'm looking to swap them for a pair of the 74GBs but, I'm hearing things about a bigger version of the Raptor coming sometime next year or something.
So I might wait for those, or wait for those to drop the prices of the 74GBs. I just find that dual 36GB to be too little space for me to work with for just OS, games, Apps and whatever i'm working on ie. Photoshop work, ripping and stuff.
The only thing I don't like is that when the drives power up from a turned off state, that they make a loud whine noise, but it goes away after a few mins after it spins up. But that's really nothing compared to it's preformance. Other than that, after it spins up their quiet, even when their working hard.... dunno about what people say but to me their quite quiet, even when their writting and stuff.
I have two 36 gb raptors in raid0, sitting between two 40gb maxtors in raid 0; in an antec performance case.
Case reports around 40C from the raptors, they aren't loud and they are fast. No "that must be the raptors" whining, during bootup or heavy usage.
I expect to get some more with an SLI board unless something with a higher buffer or faster transfer comes along.
I have one 36GB, and I couldn't believe how fast it was. It was over 50% faster while decompressing large RAR archives.
Obviously the only downfall is the storage space. But I keep all my files on my server, so it isn't much of an issue.
I'm extremely happy with my two 74GB Raptors in RAID0. They, coupled with the FX-55, load up Windows XP Pro in several seconds! They are quiet and don't get hot at all, but then again I have a well ventilated case.
Definately no complaints here. The performance is great, and I've yet to notice any noise coming from the drive. Granted, most of the time the noise level in the room is high enough that I'd not be able to hear it over everything else, but on the rare occasions when it's quiet I've not noticed any drive noise. The only read downside is the capacity isn't as high as you are going to get on other drives, but then that's what a second drive is for
Well, J's system is a whole lot better now that he's revamped the case/cooling (though the server is a bit noisy still). M's on the other hand sounds like he's cooling the thing with a bunch of old nvidia leaf blowers
One of my 36Gig Raptors died, (luckily had been used in a RAID 0 setup but was starting to play up so was using it as a PVR recording drive when it failed) took WD 6 weeks to send a replacement. Not too impressed TBH
Yah don't get the wrong impression, they ARE noisy. They grind away just like the rest, my IBM deskstar's 7200rpm are way quieter. Programs install alot faster but seek times seem to be the same unless I havent tweaked my system or it is intel vs amd thing or memory speed etc.. could be a bunch of things but they do make quite a grind I am tempted to make a audio recording and see if everyone elses are this loud. Of course with music on it isnt an issue.
I would prefer them to be quieter as I am sure the rest of you do but if you want speed you really aren't going to fuss and you will buy them anyway.