Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister
I'm considering a new harddrive, but until I ran across an attractive offer for the 1.5TB, I had been thinking of the 1TB instead. The larger drive has the following specs:
Formatted Capacity : 1.5TB
Interface Type: Serial ATA-300
Buffer Size: 32MB
Spindle Speed: (RPM) 5900 RPM
Average Latency: 4.16 ms
Data Transfer Rate: Buffer to Host Up to 300MBps
Sustained Throughput: Up to 115MBps
Ports and Connectors: 7-pin Serial ATA Connector
Manufacturer Warranty: 5 Year Limited Warranty
The thing that stands out in my eye is that the spindle speed is slow compared to the 1TB, which is 7200 RPM, but I think the warranty is a bit longer.
I recall recently reading an article posted in the forums news board that said that the 1 TB was the fastest drive in it's class, but the sustained throughput of this drive is slightly faster...I think.
The extra 500GBs would definitely be a plus, but would it really perform as well as the 1TB? Is there any other aspect to consider?
I have not looked this drive up, but at 5900 rpm it is almost certainly a "green" model. WD has similar models that actually use Green in the description.
As a general rule, 7200 rpms are going to be faster all other things being equal, but you might not notice the difference if you didn't know what you had.
A 1.5 TB 5900 rpm drive in all likelihood has only 3 platters of high density. This helps to improve performance in spite of not being 7200. It may be faster than a Seagate 7200 drive would have been a couple of years ago.
Perform "as well"?
Perform plenty good enough depending on what you do with it?
Many will try to tell you it's bad form to use this drive for an OS. I wouldn't tell you that.
This drive is likely cheaper to buy, cheaper to operate, cooler running, and quieter than its 7200 rpm counterpart.
32 MB cache helps it out too. That's all most 7200 rpm drives have.
There is a long thread at the top of one of these forums (hardware?) where you can actually scroll through HD Tune screenshots on a wide variety of drives to see relative performance. Betcha can find an HD Tune report on this drive--either on this forum or with Google.
I bought a WD 1.5 Green a few months ago--no problems. With any luck, I will never buy another mechanical (spinning platter) drive.
Warranties are a marketing tool. You won't often hear of a drive failure after 3 years and before 5 years for which the owner made a warranty claim, although I'm sure it happens. If they last 3, they may well last 15.
Re 5900 RPM: I think WD Green drives are marketed as "variable" speed and actually fluctuate depending on usage. If I recall correctly, at least some "5900 rpm" drives are in fact variable and 5900 is an average used for marketing purposes---an attempt to avoid the "stigma" of 5400--and that manufacturers are quite cagey about divulging actual speeds.
The HD performance sticky is at the top of Performance and Maintenance. I have a post in that thread showing my WD 640 Black and WD 1.5 Green.