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Old 26th August, 2006, 10:40 AM
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As Gizmo said it depends on a large number of factors - but my file system benchmarks (SiSoft Sandra) went from 49,809 (PATA) to 98,621 (SATA RAID) on comparable drives (Samsung SP160) and large files do seem to load almost twice as fast.

I'm running evrything on the RAID and using a USB drive as a data backup on the basis that calls the OS, temporary files and the paging file all benefit from the faster access. Windows runs noticeably faster but to be honest I don't see a significant improvement in games performance (eg Prey) - memory (mainboard and GPU) seems to have made more difference.
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