Page 1 of 6Introduction
The gaming industry has come a long way in the past couple of decades. From classics such as Minesweeper and Solitaire to popular computer games like Unreal Tournament 2004 and Half-Life 2, the fast paced growth is apparent. Personally, I think graphics in a game is nothing more than eye-candy. Though that could be argued through another's eyes, it is undeniable that storage space becomes an important factor in your computer system. All the storage space in your computer is determined by the capacity of the Hard Disk Drive (HDD). Your games, applications, documents, and music are stored onto this space. The capacity is not endless, and needless to say, there were many times I've run out of space.
The regular overclocker and computer enthusiast should be well aware of the meanings of the terms Intelligent Drive Electronics/Parallel ATA (IDE/PATA), and Serial ATA (SATA). These are the types of cables the hard drive supports to make a connection with the computer. Hard drives started out with the use of bulky IDE cables that allowed only up to four devices and were later replaced by SATA, which came with a thinner wire and allowed one device per port. On the server front, SCSI has found a home by differentiating itself from desktop solutions by allowing up to fifteen devices on the same channel.
Recently, InsaneTek has reviewed the OCZ Titanium memory which was geared towards reliability and stability. In a workplace and server environment, these two factors are regarded as more important than performance. If you were the owner of a business or the vice-president of a major company, you wouldn't want a piece of hardware failing. With that in mind, Seagate, a renowned hard drive manufacturer, aims to provide the best reliability and stability possible in the server environment with their SCSI drives. The latest from Seagate's line of SCSI drives is the Cheetah 15K.4. These hard drive solutions are built for fast Input/Output (I/O) speeds and should only be used if you have the need for it. Along with the Cheetah, I also received a SCSI controller card that is manufactured by LSI.