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Western Digital WD Caviar Green 3TB SATA3 3.5IN 64MB Cache Intellipower Internal Hard Disk Drive

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Subject: Shoul I use the pci express feature?
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XxaP Apr 27, 2012 07:10 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I just ordered this beast and am quite excited to have all this luxurious space.
I have the Gigabyte z68x ud7 motherboard, which supports large capacity drives - Gigabyte is even mentioned on the page here as a partner.
I understand I might not need to use the pci express card to install it in my rig, but it would allow me not to have to unplug another device to hook this in.

Any reason to, or not to, use the pci card to wire this in? Will there be a difference either way?

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XxaP May 02, 2012 04:35 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Anyone know what's best for my situation or if it matters?

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Black Obsidian May 02, 2012 05:37 AM Reply | Bookmark
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If you don't need the card, I wouldn't use it. If Marvell controllers perform poorly compared to native Intel controllers, I would imagine that the random cheap card that WD shovels into these boxes probably isn't a performance champ either.

Of course, if you've already used up all your ports, this might be a moot point. But if you're in that situation, hopefully you can replace several smaller drives with this one.

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Q-Ball 7 May 03, 2012 01:16 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Though you don't need the card that comes with the drive (that board is fully capable of using the Advanced Format drives with a single 3TB partition)... you mentioned that you need the card for the extra SATA ports.

In that case, what I'd do is to hook this drive into the main board, and move your slowest throughput device (since you only need to move one) to the card for best results.
That will likely be your optical drive; as the simple SATA I bus will keep even the fastest Blu-Ray drive running at maximum speed, much less any standard DVD drive.

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Black Obsidian May 03, 2012 05:26 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I'd be careful about this. Several third-party controllers state plainly that they don't support any non-HDD devices. I've never stuck an optical drive on such a controller to see if there's actually a problem with it, but I'd be inclined to heed the manufacturer's warning (assuming that the add-on card has the same warning that, say onboard Marvell controllers do).

The OP's board has eight SATA ports, so presumably 7 HDDs. One or more of those is bound to be old, small, and slow, so if he's not replacing it outright, it would be a good candidate to shuffle off to the PCIe controller card.

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XxaP May 03, 2012 06:24 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Ya, all 8 of my ports are taken. Both Marvel, both Intel and the four sata2 ports as well. I gotta dig in and find one I can repurpose, one or two at least go to unused external esata ports so I'll take one of them

My HDD arrived yesterday, but didn't have the pci adapter included that Western Digital mentions on the NCIX page for this drive- so time for a quick decision.

I hear using SATA 3 doesn't matter very much with an HDD, but should I make it a priority to free up one of those anyways for any little gain I might get?
This will be a media (streaming from) and storage drive. Nothing demanding will ever be installed on it.

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Black Obsidian May 03, 2012 06:39 AM Reply | Bookmark
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A WD Green drive can't saturate SATA2*, much less SATA3, so feel free to put it on the slower port.

*It's possible that a Green could saturate SATA2 from its cache, but if it can, that's only ~64MB, and then it drops down to the 90-100MBps sequential-from-disk speed. Not worth freeing up a SATA3 port for.

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Mark_G May 26, 2012 09:29 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I have two of these drives in a RAID1 attached to the PCI-Express card, and when resyncing it hits around 100MB/second peak throughput, dropping to 70-ish at the slow end of the drive. So the card is clearly faster than then drives are.

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