Solved 16MB Cache and 32MB Cache??

Tipher88

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I guess the question I have is pretty simple but if someone could go into detail about it I would greatly appreciate it.

When it comes to hard drives, other than the obvious cache size what is the difference between a HD with 16MB cache and one with 32MB cache, and will I be able to notice the difference during gaming or high load situations?

I am building a new machine so any info would be awesome.

Thanks.
 

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archie123

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as you probably know the bigger the cache the more data the HD can have ready for processing , there was a general feeling after tests i saw last year that anything over 8MB made very little differance in terms of hard drive performance

and as for gaming you certainly wont see any differance in performance unless you have a low end rig and very little memory and i dont suppose your gonna be building yourself one of those ;)

that said my knowlage only really stretches to gaming as for other apps , video editing etc im thinking a larger cache may be an advantage , if its not too much more go for the 32 , if your building a glorified X Box get either :)
 

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fieseler

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as a rule i always try to never go below 16mb. I would go with 32mb if the cost isnt much more.
 

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Tipher88

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The cost is identical on Newegg...but I pulled a stupid. When I was picking the combo deal with Vista Ultimate x64...I guess I chose Caviar Blue (16MB) instead of Caviar Black (32MB) And to send it back and get the other one would end up costing me more because I got another special limited time offer when I ordered.

So instead of trying to send it back I have 3 choices. Just use the one I got, try to sell it on e-bay and then just buy the Caviar Black, or buy a Caviar Black and use that as main and the Blue as secondary. Dunno quite what I wanna do yet.

Thanks for your input guys :-)
 

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usasma

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Use it. You'll lose money exchanging/selling it - and you probably won't even notice the difference.
 

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Tipher88

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Yeah, thats what I decided to do. I'll just have to make sure that the next HD that I buy is the one that I actually want. lol :rolleyes:
 

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