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WD AAKS or Seagate 7200.11?!? (500GB drives)

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Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

  • Average Latency: 4.2ms
  • Average Seek Time: 8.9ms
  • Average Write Time: 10.9ms
  • Cache: 16MB
  • Model #: WD5000AAKS
  • Item #: N82E16822136073
  • Price: $104.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

  • Average Latency: 4.16ms
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Features: Proven second-generation perpendicular recording technology
  • Model #: ST3500320AS
  • Item #: N82E16822148288
  • Price: $119.99

I know that the Western Digital outperforms the 7200.10 drives by, what I consider to be, a fairly significant margin in OSX. Anyone compare it to the new 7200.11 drive? They are talking Raptor speed without the cost since no major improvements have been made in the Raptor line for awhile. Then there is always the fact of eventual RAID 0 because I want to stream Full HD via HDMI from my Canon HV-20 cam to my computer and need at least 120MB/s when I start. Finally, if I buy two of them I am gonna get the Sil3132 Raid controller and attempt to boot OSX from the RAID 0 config. Should I be considering the RE2 drive from WD instead of the SE16?


What do YOU think I should get?


P.S. I am replacing a 7.5 year old 20GB WD Cavier 7200RPM and a 8 year old WD 30GB 5400RPM. So yeah...both will be a nice upgrade none-the-less.

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