Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: HD: 16mb cache or 8mb & +2yr warranty

  1. #1
    Maximum Bitrate d_sellers1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Austin, Texas
    Posts
    856

    HD: 16mb cache or 8mb & +2yr warranty

    I was looking at 100GB 2.5" harddrives earlier tonight and two caught my eye.
    A Seagate that has 8mb of cache & a 5 year warranty and
    a Toshiba that has 16mb of cache & a 3 year warranty.
    (Both are ATA-6, 5400rpm, & 12ms)

    The price difference between the two is only nine bucks so cost (in this case) doesn't count. I'm curious which would be perferred. Personally, I like the fact that the Seagate has a 5 year warranty but I'm wondering if I'll even notice any additional performance gain from a drive with an additional 8mb of cache.

    From a search, I read that the additional cache will allow the drive to spin slower which will eat less power but since I'm planning on going with the OPUS150 I doubt there will a significant amount of power saved.

    Opinions....

    Derek
    Progress [||-------]
    View my Worklog to see some of my progress.
    Downgraded Progress - Starting with another car... 09/13/06

  2. #2
    FLAC strohj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Pearland
    Posts
    1,345
    Quote Originally Posted by d_sellers1
    I was looking at 100GB 2.5" harddrives earlier tonight and two caught my eye.
    A Seagate that has 8mb of cache & a 5 year warranty and
    a Toshiba that has 16mb of cache & a 3 year warranty.
    (Both are ATA-6 & 12ms)

    The price difference between the two is only nine bucks so cost (in this case) doesn't count. I'm curious which would be perferred. Personally, I like the fact that the Seagate has a 5 year warranty but I'm wondering if I'll even notice any additional performance gain from a drive with an additional 8mb of cache.

    From a search, I read that the additional cache will allow the drive to spin slower which will eat less power but since I'm planning on going with the OPUS150 I doubt there will a significant amount of power saved.

    Opinions....

    Derek
    I have NEVER used a hard drive for 5 years.. I think 3 was the longest before I upgraded.. and I think that the 16mb buffer is a definite advantage
    Pentium 4m 1.5GHz|MB896|Roadie Extreme|XM-Direct|Rikaline 6010|T-View 7"|Streetdeck|160gb Western Digital|1Gb DDR2-533 Ram

  3. #3
    Maximum Bitrate d_sellers1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Austin, Texas
    Posts
    856
    Quote Originally Posted by strohj
    I have NEVER used a hard drive for 5 years.. I think 3 was the longest before I upgraded.
    Good point. I've had four or five harddrive die or the past couple years and they all were under 3 years of use. However, I still have an 80GB harddrive that came with my first computer that I bought back in 1999. It's still running strong, however, its not in a computer anymore. It's running in a modded Xbox. If it dies, oh well. It's served its purpose and when it dies I'll put something else in it. In fact, I still have a couple 2GB and 8GB harddrives laying around that pretty much serve no purpose except for (maybe) being a paperweight.

    Derek
    Progress [||-------]
    View my Worklog to see some of my progress.
    Downgraded Progress - Starting with another car... 09/13/06

Similar Threads

  1. Problem with ITPS / hibernation and External USB HD
    By veetid in forum Power Supplies
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 01-02-2006, 08:35 PM
  2. 100gb 7200rpm 8mb cache 2.5"
    By faiz_23 in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 11-07-2004, 09:45 PM
  3. FS: 120gb & 80gb WD HD's - 7200rpm 8mb cache
    By lzrdkng14 in forum Classified Archive
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 11-02-2003, 08:13 PM
  4. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-20-2003, 11:46 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •