Reviews and Problems with Western Digital VelociRaptor
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12 June 2012
Excerpt: It's no secret that Western Digital's enterprise flagship enthusiast drive has lost a lot of market share to solid state drives. Before consumer SSDs became popular, every enthusiast on the planet was rocking a 10,000 RPM Raptor.
Summary: For those who don’t need the fast random-access times, a 3TB 7,200rpm drive will work nearly as well, and those who don’t need the capacity or the sustained writes will prefer an SSD. That’s without even considering hybrids, which offer SSD-like “feel” by copying the most frequently accessed data to NAND flash, but only offer their speed-boosting benefits when accessing that data. Is there still room in the market for the VelociRaptor? WD thinks (and hopes) so.
Pros: Middle‑ground between SSD speed and HDD capacity/reliability; quick random-access times and fast raw reads and writes.
Cons: Awkward middle‑ground between SSD high price and HDD slow speeds.
Conclusion: It is interesting to see Western Digital give the VelociRaptor another boost and release the new drive given the fact that the enthusiasts storage has shifted toward SSD. There is no question that the VelociRaptor is the fastest desktop hard drive available. Compared to other hard drives, we can see that the VelociRaptor is 20-30% faster. Its fast seek speed and high sequential read and write throughput surely will put any platter drive to shame.
Pros: Good sequential read and write, Good seek performance, 1 TB of storage, 5 year warranty
Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB Hard Drive Review
16 April 2012
Summary: We found the latest incarnation of the Western Digital VelociRaptor to be an solid economical alternative to pricey, large capacity SSDs while offering some admirable performance numbers. Still, with hard drive prices already inflated, it will be interesting to see what kind of reception they receive from consumers.
Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB Review - 10K RPM Hits a Larger Capacity
16 April 2012
Excerpt: It's been a long while since we've looked at a hard drive, and how fitting that it be a new model of the Western Digital VelociRaptor! Western Digital appears to be on a somewhat fixed 2-year cycle with these, as out 600GB VelociRaptor Review went up two Aprils ago, and the 300GB two years prior to that. Well then, let's take a look at this new model! This new unit nearly doubles the capacity of its predecessor.
Conclusion: For testing the WD 600GB SATA Velociraptor, I ran on it our usual testbed which comprises of an Intel Core i7 965EE @ 3.2GHz on an ASUS Rampage II Extreme motherboard, packing 3x 1GB Corsairs XMS3-1333 ram, a Kingston 64GB V-Series SSD running Windows 7 Ultimate; all of which is powered by a Corsair HX1000W PSU.
Excerpt: In the world mainly dominated by slow cheap large capacity drives how does the small capacity expensive raptors keep up? Well with speed of course! The new Velciraptor from Western Digital is not only faster than its predecessor but also twice as large. Does the drive keep up with its claims? Does it even have a slot in the market now that SSDs are becoming more affordable? Is the price tag worth the performance gain? Read on and find out.
Excerpt: The majority of gamers and enthusiast users are told that in order to get a faster system they need to upgrade to SSDs. In our past reviews, we have found that SSDs have, in general, been faster than conventional HDDs. This was especially noticeable in the latency and overall boot times as well as game load times. Now that SSDs have saturated the marketplace, consumers are more educated to the benefits and pitfalls of running SSDs or SSDs in a RAID array.