Dream Machine 2009

The WINDOWS team constructs Dream Machine 09 using a CPU that can handle eight simultaneous threads, boasts 6GB of memory and uses two SSDs running in RAID 0. If you’re curious about what other components feature in Dream Machine 09 and fancy taking the machine home, read on…

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Dream Machine 2009
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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  October 6, 2009

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Since 160GB is far from sufficient Dream Machine 09 would have to offer additional storage for content such as photos, movies and music. Since this type of data doesn’t really need a super fast SSD we chose to go with standard, spindle-based hard drives. This choice makes more sense when you consider that in terms of capacity too, SSDs haven’t yet caught up to hard drives.

With large capacity hard drives however the chances of losing a lot of data all at once is very possible since it’s a case of putting all your eggs in one basket. Because of this we decided on giving Dream Machine 09’s storage system redundancy and this called for a RAID 1 array. This type of array provides data security because it mirrors every bit of data from the first drive to other, so if the first drive fails, your data is safe on the second drive.

Given that Western Digital’s WD2001FASS Caviar Black hard drives offer excellent performance and proven reliability, we decided on using two of these monsters. Each drive features a massive capacity of two terabytes but as RAID 1 mirrors data, both drives would work together to give a total capacity of just two terabytes (rather than four). Still we’d prefer 2TB of safe and secure storage rather than more storage and zero redundancy.

Running our benchmarks on this array Western Digital’s Caviar Black drives proved they’re super quick once again thanks to their 7200rpm spindle speed and massive 64MB of cache memory. As the drives use incredibly dense platters their read and write transfer performance was also quite impressive; Sandra reported an average read speed of 99.45MB/sec and an average write speed of 92.40MB/sec. Safety with speed, the perfect combination.

3453 days ago
Saptagirish Noshikunte

The Machine looks truly awesome and power packed...I wonder how much it cost you guys in terms of all the components. Could you let me know?

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