QUOTE(garyopa @ Feb 6 2007, 04:38 AM)
And thanks to XBOXIZGOOD to be brave enough to post about his new drive and take all that
flaming at first. Wish I could have stepped in earlier and stop some of the flaming he got.
Not a problem. I've lurked around these boards long enough to know that a lot of BS gets posted or misconstrued. I wish I would have had the means to post pics, but I didn't. I understand everyone's skepticism, so no hard feelings towards anyone. From alot of play time on this new drive, I can tell everyone that this drive is SUPER QUIET. You still hear the drive spin very fast, but when the game is constantly loading data it's nearly inaudible. I have been sitting very close to my 360 to try and determine how the drive sounds and behaves, and IMO it's alot better than the SAMSUNG and Hitachi in nearly every aspect of operation.
I think everyone will agree that Oblivion sort of bogs down or pauses briefly in certain areas, but this new drive really helps with all that. It doesn't ELIMINATE all the issues, but it certainly makes load times quicker and smoother when moving between rooms and areas.
Also, when turning on the system, or retracting the dvd tray without a disc, you will hear two "bonks" and then hear the spindle spin once very quickly and briefly. When you are booting a disc, you should notice a slight decrease in the time it takes for the game to actually get up and running.