I currently own the following drives so I decided I would put a few arguments to rest and lay down some facts with proof. 1x WesternDigital VelociRaptor 300GB 1x WesternDigital Black Edition 2 TeraByte 2x WesternDigital Black Edition 1 TeraByte Test Box Processor: AMD Phenom II 965 BE Motherboard: MSI 870A-G54 Memory: Adata DDR3 Raid Controller: Onboard AMD SB850 Taking a random guess I could tell you before any testing that the WD Black Raid 0 configuration will be fastest Burst and Sustained speed unless the controller is holding the drives back. I was amazed at the jump in speed when I first got my hands on a WD 1 TB Black Edition drive, I was expecting another huge jump in performance when I upgraded my 1 TB drive to a 2 TB WD Black drive but without spoiling the results I will say it wasn’t much faster. I have concluded my testing and now present the data to you the reader to make your final call on which drives you will choose. I was
Lately I have been having heat issues revolving around my drives, this is mostly due to having 3 drives stacked on top of each other with minimal cooling so I thought I would take a step in the right direction and consolidate all 3 drives into 1 WD 2 TB drive now that they have dropped over $100 in price. So I swapped out the 3 drives and migrated the data over to a new shiny WD Black Edition 2 TB drive. Since I was already swapping drives and I have swapped so much hardware I decided I would swap my OS from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. So far the drive seems fast and the HD tach report shows the drive to be faster then a single WD 1TB Black drive but its not as fast as I had anticipated from the review I read online. One good thing is that it is slightly faster and a whole lot cooler so all in all it was a worth while upgrade.
I decided after I found out the hard drive was causing some issues I would update it with a new WD Black Edition 1TB drive but why stop there? I also purchased a new AMD Athlon X4 Phemon, unfortunatly since this is only an AM2 / AM2+ board AM3 Athlons were out of the question. Why would one want an AM3 Phenom over an AM2+ phenom? Well for starters you get more bang for your buck, second they are generally 95 watt vs. 125 watt which is a big plus in a pc that should be running Cool & Quiet (no pun intended). I picked up an AMD Phenom X4 9850 along with a WD Black Edition 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s to help pep up the media pc. I decided with the new drive I would give Windows 7 another go, I will be writing a review on my current impression of Windows 7 once I have a little more spare time. My initial impressions of the new OS were good but it was too problematic