Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: WD Caviar Blue, Black or Green?

  1. #1
    Butter king GheeTsar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    The shire of berks
    Posts
    2,106
    Thanks
    153
    Thanked
    260 times in 163 posts
    • GheeTsar's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5 2500k
      • Memory:
      • Corsair 8GB
      • Storage:
      • Samsung EVO 850 1 TB + 2 x 1TB Storage
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ASUS Radeon R9 280X
      • PSU:
      • Tagan TG600-U33 600W
      • Case:
      • Fractal Design Define R3
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • Acer 24" 120Hz GD245HQ
      • Internet:
      • Virgin 100mb

    WD Caviar Blue, Black or Green?

    I need a new hard drive as my velociraptor is out of space and fancy sticking with WD. Is it worth the premium to get the "black" over the "blue" or "green" editions?

    It's likely to be mainly used for media storage, but with some apps and games in the future no doubt. Probably looking at the 1TB mark.

    Any help/advice would be much appreciated!

  2. #2
    Hello jackvdbuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Stratford
    Posts
    2,513
    Thanks
    468
    Thanked
    112 times in 95 posts
    • jackvdbuk's system
      • Motherboard:
      • AbiT IP35-PRO
      • CPU:
      • Intel C2Q Q9550
      • Memory:
      • OCZ Nvidia SLi Edition 4GB (2x2gb) pc2-6400 DDR2
      • Storage:
      • lots of TB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • BFG 8800GTS 512MB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX620W
      • Case:
      • Corsair 800D
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Premium x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2407WFP
      • Internet:
      • Orange (about 6Mb)

    Re: WD Caviar Blue, Black or Green?

    going out on a limb here and tottally guessing but:
    green - slower drives "save the world" type of drive..
    out of the other two one is more server suited high incredibly high mtbf.

    if it were me just get the cheapest

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Hull
    Posts
    391
    Thanks
    12
    Thanked
    11 times in 9 posts
    • Professor Frink's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P6X58D-E
      • CPU:
      • Intel i7 950
      • Memory:
      • 3x2GB Corsair Dominator GT, DDR3 PC3-14900 (1866)
      • Storage:
      • 60GB SSD OCZ Technology Vertex 2E
      • Graphics card(s):
      • MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC 1GB
      • PSU:
      • 620W Enermax Liberty ELT620AWT
      • Case:
      • Antec 1200
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7
      • Monitor(s):
      • 24 Dell 2408WFP

    Re: WD Caviar Blue, Black or Green?

    I would have recommended Green until you mentioned apps and games. The Green is energy saving and will spin at a slower speed when not needed which is good for standard storage.

  4. #4
    Butter king GheeTsar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    The shire of berks
    Posts
    2,106
    Thanks
    153
    Thanked
    260 times in 163 posts
    • GheeTsar's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5 2500k
      • Memory:
      • Corsair 8GB
      • Storage:
      • Samsung EVO 850 1 TB + 2 x 1TB Storage
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ASUS Radeon R9 280X
      • PSU:
      • Tagan TG600-U33 600W
      • Case:
      • Fractal Design Define R3
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • Acer 24" 120Hz GD245HQ
      • Internet:
      • Virgin 100mb

    Re: WD Caviar Blue, Black or Green?

    Thanks guys - perhaps the "green" is the best bet and then get a SSD drive later when the prices have come down.

  5. #5
    Does he need a reason? Funkstar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Aberdeen
    Posts
    19,874
    Thanks
    630
    Thanked
    965 times in 816 posts
    • Funkstar's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte EG45M-DS2H
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core2Quad Q9550 (2.83GHz)
      • Memory:
      • 8GB OCZ PC2-6400C5 800MHz Quad Channel
      • Storage:
      • 650GB Western Digital Caviar Blue
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 512MB ATI Radeon HD4550
      • PSU:
      • Antec 350W 80+ Efficient PSU
      • Case:
      • Antec NSK1480 Slim Mini Desktop Case
      • Operating System:
      • Vista Ultimate 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2407 + 2408 monitors
      • Internet:
      • Zen 8mb

    Re: WD Caviar Blue, Black or Green?

    the green should also be quieter most of the time as it will either spin slower or not at all.

  6. #6
    HEXUS.timelord. Zak33's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    I'm a Jessie
    Posts
    34,202
    Thanks
    2,595
    Thanked
    2,661 times in 1,674 posts
    • Zak33's system
      • Storage:
      • Kingston HyperX SSD, Hitachi 1Tb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Nvidia 1060
      • PSU:
      • Coolermaster 800w
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Fortress FT01
      • Operating System:
      • Win10
      • Internet:
      • Zen FTC uber speedy

    Re: WD Caviar Blue, Black or Green?

    I'm Blue man for the slight edge on performance, and really hard to see the power saving with a green, when SATA power draw is miniscule anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by Advice Trinity by Knoxville
    "The second you aren't paying attention to the tool you're using, it will take your fingers from you. It does not know sympathy." |
    "If you don't gaffer it, it will gaffer you" | "Belt and braces"

  7. #7
    fold fold fold!
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    507
    Thanks
    25
    Thanked
    32 times in 25 posts
    • shbris's system
      • CPU:
      • Q8200
      • Memory:
      • 8GB
      • Storage:
      • 320GB and 640GB Caviar Blue WD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 5850
      • Case:
      • Antec 900
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 64
      • Monitor(s):
      • 22" Dell Ultra
      • Internet:
      • 60Mbps / 3Mbps

    Re: WD Caviar Blue, Black or Green?

    my blue gives about 95mb/s average access, and almost silent

  8. #8
    YUKIKAZE arthurleung's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Aberdeen
    Posts
    3,280
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked
    88 times in 83 posts
    • arthurleung's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5E (Rampage Formula 0902)
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core2Quad Q9550 3.6Ghz 1.2V
      • Memory:
      • A-Data DDR2-800 2x2GB CL4
      • Storage:
      • 4x1TB WD1000FYPS @ RAID5 3Ware 9500S-8 / 3x 1TB Samsung Ecogreen F2
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GeCube HD4870 512MB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair VX450
      • Case:
      • Antec P180
      • Operating System:
      • Windows Server 2008 Standard
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell Ultrasharp 2709W + 2001FP
      • Internet:
      • Be*Unlimited 20Mbps

    Re: WD Caviar Blue, Black or Green?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33 View Post
    I'm Blue man for the slight edge on performance, and really hard to see the power saving with a green, when SATA power draw is miniscule anyway.
    You'd be suprised how many times my Blue in an external enclosure overheated and drop out of windows. Saving 5W per drive is one thing, with 12 drives you'll see 60W saving
    And I get less case vibration resonance when mixing 7200 and 5400 rpm drives.

    I absolutely love my Green drives. (4 on my desktop and 4 on my server).

    And speaking of data drive. I would get it as slow as possible so that it doesn't lag the OS drive when I do copying.

    OS on Green, copying to Blue data disk -> Both mouse and keyboard stop working
    OS on Blue, copying to Blue data disk -> System unresponsive
    OS on Blue, copying to Green -> Acceptable response time
    Workstation 1: Intel i7 950 @ 3.8Ghz / X58 / 12GB DDR3-1600 / HD4870 512MB / Antec P180
    Workstation 2: Intel C2Q Q9550 @ 3.6Ghz / X38 / 4GB DDR2-800 / 8400GS 512MB / Open Air
    Workstation 3: Intel Xeon X3350 @ 3.2Ghz / P35 / 4GB DDR2-800 / HD4770 512MB / Shuttle SP35P2
    HTPC: AMD Athlon X4 620 @ 2.6Ghz / 780G / 4GB DDR2-1000 / Antec Mini P180 White
    Mobile Workstation: Intel C2D T8300 @ 2.4Ghz / GM965 / 3GB DDR2-667 / DELL Inspiron 1525 / 6+6+9 Cell Battery

    Display (Monitor): DELL Ultrasharp 2709W + DELL Ultrasharp 2001FP
    Display (Projector): Epson TW-3500 1080p
    Speakers: Creative Megaworks THX550 5.1
    Headphones: Etymotic hf2 / Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10 Pro

    Storage: 8x2TB Hitachi @ DELL PERC 6/i RAID6 / 13TB Non-RAID Across 12 HDDs
    Consoles: PS3 Slim 120GB / Xbox 360 Arcade 20GB / PS2

  9. #9
    HEXUS.timelord. Zak33's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    I'm a Jessie
    Posts
    34,202
    Thanks
    2,595
    Thanked
    2,661 times in 1,674 posts
    • Zak33's system
      • Storage:
      • Kingston HyperX SSD, Hitachi 1Tb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Nvidia 1060
      • PSU:
      • Coolermaster 800w
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Fortress FT01
      • Operating System:
      • Win10
      • Internet:
      • Zen FTC uber speedy

    Re: WD Caviar Blue, Black or Green?

    Quote Originally Posted by arthurleung View Post
    You'd be suprised how many times my Blue in an external enclosure overheated and drop out of windows. Saving 5W per drive is one thing, with 12 drives you'll see 60W saving
    And I get less case vibration resonance when mixing 7200 and 5400 rpm drives.

    I absolutely love my Green drives. (4 on my desktop and 4 on my server).

    And speaking of data drive. I would get it as slow as possible so that it doesn't lag the OS drive when I do copying.

    OS on Green, copying to Blue data disk -> Both mouse and keyboard stop working
    OS on Blue, copying to Blue data disk -> System unresponsive
    OS on Blue, copying to Green -> Acceptable response time
    good post. ....OK, maybe while transfering files to a slower drive it makes the PC a tad slower, but not by much. I'm shocked it would stop your mouse working!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Advice Trinity by Knoxville
    "The second you aren't paying attention to the tool you're using, it will take your fingers from you. It does not know sympathy." |
    "If you don't gaffer it, it will gaffer you" | "Belt and braces"

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 27-11-2008, 11:03 AM
  2. 640 GB Western Digital WD6400AAKS Caviar Blue
    By looroll12 in forum SCAN.care@HEXUS
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 11-09-2008, 09:34 AM
  3. Replies: 20
    Last Post: 04-08-2008, 09:31 PM
  4. 320 GB Western Digital WD3200AAJS Caviar Blue
    By Koolpc in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 27-07-2008, 01:07 AM

Posting Permissions

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