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WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX

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[Newegg] WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX

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2TB WD Black Hard drive for $109.00 after promo code 'CAH2DEM55'.

This is a real good price.. I build gaming PCs and this would be a great option.

Happy shopping!
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Who do you build gaming PCs for that don’t want to run games off an SSD? Games for HDD is just bad advice in 2021, shameful.
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Is the "black" version anything special that I am missing ?

This is almost twice the normal price for a 2TB hard drive.


An alternative 2TB with same speed (7200) and 4x the cache (256) for 69$.

https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX76126
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black is for gaming.

and i build budget-performance haha whatever client needs at their pricepoint
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I thought I accidently triggered my time machine when I read this thread
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quantman wrote: Is the "black" version anything special that I am missing ?

This is almost twice the normal price for a 2TB hard drive.
Speed. The blacks are 7200rpm + have faster access times and bigger cache compared to generic drives.
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Who buys 2 TB mechanical drives in 2021? I literally just threw 2 of these (well, not black drives) in the garbage yesterday.

Get an ssd if you want to game. If you want storage, get a cheap 8TB drive on a sale.
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black should signify more cache, only these are old drives. Their 64 mb cache is much smaller than the 256mb cache on cheaper HDDs these days
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Do not listen to the OP.

This is an overly expensive mechanical hard drive ($/TB) for lacklustre performance compared to other options available. If you want to play games, use a SSD, plain and simple. It's more expensive ($/TB) but performance even on the SATA interface is around 4x better, minimum.
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Op is new to computer I guess.....
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Black drives can also be quite noisy. Keep that in mind.

Do not recommend using a harddisk as your primary drive. It's an okay option for a 2nd drive as you can use disk caching like PrimoCache or StoreMI for AMD chipsets: https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/store-mi
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Temporel wrote: 139 million hard drives shipped in 2020.

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/hdd-s ... trendfocus
It's not that simple. As stated by the article, the trend using HDD is still going downwards and they are on their way out. The only growth area is enterprise where speed is not as high a priority as size which is where HDD will excel for the foreseeable future.
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I used to buy these black HDD back in the day...last time I bought one was 8 years ago!

It don’t use mechanical drives except for NAS. I have 4 desktops and they are running pure ssd storage either sata or nvme. Cant imagine loading games from a hard drive
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shayne85 wrote: Who do you build gaming PCs for that don’t want to run games off an SSD? Games for HDD is just bad advice in 2021, shameful.
I play games on both an NVME ssd such as RDR2 and it loads fast but I also have games on my HDD and load times arent that bad. Don't see why you would need an SSD just for games, doesnt make that huge of a difference. However if you need something with fast read and right times then an SSD would be better.
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Temporel wrote: 139 million hard drives shipped in 2020.

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/hdd-s ... trendfocus
How many of those were used in a desktop? Probably very few. Hard drives are still great for low performance servers, DVRs, PVRs, etc but I would never put an operating system or applications on an SSD (like the games OP is suggesting his clients install on this HDD).

A decent 1 tb sata ssd is around the same price: https://www.amazon.ca/Crucial-MX500-NAN ... NrPXRydWU=

I'd rather uninstall/install games as I play them than use a 2 tb HDD.
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aomous wrote: I play games on both an NVME ssd such as RDR2 and it loads fast but I also have games on my HDD and load times arent that bad. Don't see why you would need an SSD just for games, doesnt make that huge of a difference. However if you need something with fast read and right times then an SSD would be better.
Talk to any owner of a PS5 or Xbox, huge difference when the SSD is NVMe PCIE 4.0.
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shayne85 wrote: Talk to any owner of a PS5 or Xbox, huge difference when the SSD is NVMe PCIE 4.0.
Yeah but most mobos don't support PCIE4.0
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