13 Oktober, 2007

Speed up your PC - Fit a 10,000 RPM system drive

Power uses go to great lengths to tweak their systems in order to experience improved performance but I’m here to tell you that all the registry tweaks and killing unnecessary services won’t beat fitting a 10,000 RPM drive and loading your OS onto it.

I’m a huge fan of fitting as much RAM into your PC as you can afford (up to the 4GB limit if you are running 32-bit Windows) but once your maxed out on RAM it can be tricky to find effective ways to boost performance. However, once simple way to give your PC an additional nitro kick is to fit a 10,000 RPM drive as your main system drive. And 10,000 RPM hard drives don’t come much better than the Western Digital Raptor SATA drive. This is the king of speed when it comes to drives, and if you don’t believe me, check out this AnandTech review (one of many that I could point you to, but they all say the same thing). Just as a simple comparison, take a look at the stats for a Raptor and a 7,200 RPM WD drive:

Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD (74GB)
Average Latency: 2.99ms
Average Seek Time: 4.6ms
Average Write Time: 5.2ms

Western Digital Caviar WD800BB (80GB)
Average Latency: 4.2ms
Average Seek Time: 8.9ms
Average Write Time: 10.9ms