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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Did you read his article where he specifically mentions the Dell computers in his apartment being quieter, or did we read different articles?

Maybe what you don't get is that the quality of "Western Digital" makes no sense. The quality of models makes sense. OH MY GOD YOU HAVE A WESTERN DIGITAL? DON'T THEY MAKE THE RAPTOR? THAT MUST MEAN IT'S COMPARABLE TO THAT SEAGATE DRIVE IF NOT BETTER. Your argument is completely amusing. It's the model of HDD he's referring to as cheap, not the company. The company and its other products don't matter. How do you refute his comments? By making some vague reference of knowing their history (wow, what a spectacular argument) and referring to a completely irrelevant product.

His point is that his competitive X2 machine is quieter. And commenting about the noise only bothers you because it's negative. You've damaged your hearing with noise pollution, but that's no big deal right? You don't care, so why include it in a review.

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rayiner Member since:

It's the model of HDD he's referring to as cheap

If it wasn't clear, the hard drive in the PowerMac is the 2500JS, a special cheap version of the 2500JD (to the tune of 10% or more, depending on supplier). That's why I referred to it as "cheap". It's like using an ASRock motherboard instead of an Asus. Both are from the same company, but one is a cheaper (presumably lower-quality) model.

Also, from a silent computing standpoint, Western Digital, aside from their Raptor, is very decisively in the rear of the pack. Most people agree that Samsungs are the quietest, followed by Maxtor, followed by Seagate, followed (distantly), by Western Digital and Hitachi.

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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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