Sweet! Very creative, my hat's off to you.
MikeC, on page2 of article and Drive Noise Test Summary table on page3, it says HD502HL
. It should be I
. Unless there is another model, this might cause confusion to those who end up here via a search.
With that info as the backdrop, I doubt very much that a real user at a typical desktop could tell the difference between the Samsung EcoGreen 500gb and the WD640 as OS drives.
This is heartening. Perhaps with an F2 Ecogreen as a system drive and the WD640AAKS as a storage/offline drive, I would minimise noise and still make the most of what storage I currently have. A couple of milliseconds difference would be difficult to notice.
After reading the article, what struck me was how things can so quickly change in the market. With people going on about SSDs and so forth, it seemed like desktop 3.5" was getting tired and "old school". But then this. Of course there will be those early adopters who will want to be at the forefront and go straight for SSD. But the HD502HI is golden for the budget silencer. It does just about everything right -- except being widely available at this time.
It almost makes the 2.5" 5400 (even 7200) market redundant for desktop use. Unless you really wanted to go to the extremes of comparing ~3W to 1W idle and possibly a few degrees in temperatures.
Considering then IS the Silent PC Future 2.5-inches wide?
, should it now be revised, or rethought, to take into account this burgeoning market and resurgence of 3.5" 5400RPM?
Sure, it hasn't reached your desired sub-10dBA as you state in that article, but 12dBA for HDD sounds (pun un/intended) good enough (at least for now) !
There's no question that multiple drives are needed for very high performance in Photoshop -- at min, a scratch drive. I recently built a custom high end Photoshop workstation for an old client -- i7-920, 12gb ram, Intel x80-m ssd, and TWO Raptor 1500s for scratch discs from the system I built him some 5 years ago.
I think the difference between when home users like myself "use Photoshop" and when professionals really do use Photoshop
can be summed up in those system spec's.