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    SCSI? Headache or what?

    I was thinking about upgrading my HDD array to a couple of raptors, and i started thinking about SCSI instead. However, i've heard that it can be a total nightmare to get SCSI running. Assuming price isnt too much of an isuue, is it worth going to the extra effort to get a SCSI array working, and what kind of controller would i need. (ive got an i875p mobo but ive got an idea that the onboard SCSI controllers a bit pap).

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    A SCSI array isn't diffucult to setup, but I personally feel that SATA is more than adequate for a home workstation. Tell us what you plan to do with the system, and what your priorities are, and I can try to shout you some more advice..

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    I would get the raptors and spend the money saved on something else.
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    I was thinking about buying an 18gb 15000RPM cheetah for a boot drive, but they are fairly expensive. You can get a 200gb Seagate Barracuda for about the same price.

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    I wanna make it go as fast as physically possible. pointless i realise but fun none the less.

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    SCSI is simple, I used to run SCSI drives all the time until Ultra ATA and 7200rpm drives eroded the difference. The 15k drives have put it back in, but they're too small and too expensive at the moment, for me anyway.

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    SCSI is great and easy to setup - however SATA which is pretty much a home SCSI is all you need, you'll only really see the real extra power of SCSI on large storage
    It is Inevitable.....


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    I cant remember where it was, but i can recall reading a review of the Raptors and in benchmarks they actually beat some of the 15k SCSI drives when simulating home use. The gap is not that much anymore.
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    I doubt that, there is too much to play with here, eg a cheap SCSI controller with a top spec 15K scsi disk could be beat by a decent SATA controller with a 10k disk in it quite easliy.

    SCSI is faster as a technology and it really comes into its own with large disk encloursures, striping, FCAL SCSI disks etc etc.

    The gap between home SCSI and high quality SCSI is quite large.
    It is Inevitable.....


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