Linked by Rayiner Hashem on Tue 15th Nov 2005 17:44 UTC
Apple I recently bought one of the new dual core PowerMacs. Having used the machine for a couple of weeks, I thought I would share some of my observations and feelings about it. First, let me get my biases out in the open. I have, for about four years, very happily used Linux on my desktop. Doing so has made me very comfortable with the UNIX environment in general, and with GNOME specifically. During that time, I have used OS X machines on a regular basis, so I am quite comfortable in that environment as well. Since I switched to Linux, I have not used Windows for anything more than the occasional bit of software testing or lab work, and generally feel quite uncomfortable with it. Thus, this article is very much written from the perspective of someone who finds OS X and Linux pleasing on principle. I implore the reader to make his own value judgments based on my comments.
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The WD2500JS is the special "SATA-II" JD. That is to say that the JS is a marginally improved revision of the JD with support for SATA-II . It is not WD's premium model in the 7200rpm front, but it's not a low-quality device. The WD800BD would be a "cheap" WD device. Performance wise it should be competitive with the Barracuda 7200.8. Since the JD was competitive noisewise with the 7200.8, I wouldn't expect much difference from the JS except perhaps a marginally insignificant improvement. However without any benchmarking I'm forced to cede that I don't know, because I don't own a JS to test myself. I do own a pair of WD4000KDs which while produce noise, aren't loud and are probably louder than the JS. Heck, the Raptor isn't quiet and it's still not loud-enough in my opinion to care.

I don't think "cheap" nor noisy are fitting for the drive you obtained. The drive isn't special in terms of speed, capacity, and probably not noise production. I agree firmly that it's nothing special, but it's probably not what you're characterizing it as either.

You should definitely stop using Froogle to guage the "cheapness" of hardware. For one, Froogle is a piece of crap. For another, it's not very useful for ascertaining any sort of technical information. Finally, don't do it. It's not even a good way to find a deal.

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