I just got the 500gb 7200.11. I read all the comparisons etc. and the best example I can give regarding speed is this; I play BF2 and when new maps load I am in the game when the countdown timer (to start the new round) is still @ 5-7 seconds. I am in before anyone else. The Raptor might have slightly faster load times but at this point it would not make a difference. I would recommend the Seagate over everything else. The only argument that I can see for the raptor is that newegg is selling "open box" raptor drives for $109.