[Beowulf] Consumer vs. Enterprise Hard Drives in Clusters
Nifty Tom Mitchell
niftyompi at niftyegg.com
Wed Jan 21 20:18:45 EST 2009
On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 04:36:51PM -0800, Greg Lindahl wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 04:19:55PM -0800, Jon Forrest wrote:
> > The
> > last time I checked, the enterprise drives were ~25%
> > more expensive than the consumer drives. This difference
> > might have changed since then.
> Last time I checked, it was +$10 on a $300 drive. I bought
> the enterprise drives.
> My local system reseller claims there's a substantial difference in
> return rate. I'd love to have harder data.
I suspect that the difference is in subtle and in the BOM.
A ten dollar difference could be as simple as heat sink
or capacitor thermal specifications. The heat sink could
be invisible -- i.e. more/ thicker copper on the logic board
Contract manufacturers may also bring better quality practices
to the table.
Different internal filters, bearing seal or lubrication specifications
may also apply. I doubt that firmware is different.
T o m M i t c h e l l
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