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Western Digital 8MB or 16MB cache?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by badbob, 5 Feb 2006.

  1. badbob


    Joined: 27 Jan 2006

    Posts: 7,298

    Looking into a 4 way bank of hard drives (non raid) I noticed you can get 8MB and 16MB hard drives with internal 8MB and 16MB cache. Does it really make a difference? I believe windows does caching itself, so HD cache shouldn't matter so much? 250MB 16MB cache or 400MB 8MB cache drive.

    I know back in the day of cached in DOS IDE controllers performance increase was like 1000%, but since Windows 95 took over alot faster.
  2. benjo plz.


    Joined: 15 Jan 2004

    Posts: 14,208

    Location: Hall

    Yes it does make a difference, 16mb will be better tbh.
  3. sniperpenguin


    Joined: 3 Feb 2006

    Posts: 30

    As the size of a drive has increased, then the cache size has become more important. However, if the drives are purely for storage, then you wont miss it :)

    If they are getting a hammering i.e encoding, photoshop scratch disk, video editing, then go for the higher cache.