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Retailing for US $329 or $0.55 per gigabyte the VelociRaptor is an expensive buy. WD's own 7200rpm 1TB Black Edition drive retails for just $0.16 per gigabyte. If you want the new VelociRaptor and can't afford the 600GB variant's sticker price however, you can opt for the less expensive 450GB, which retails for $299 or $0.66 per gigabyte. That said the 600GB drive gives you more value-for-money. As before the VelociRaptor uses a 10,000rpm spindle motor and to ensure smooth data flow, it is equipped with 32MB of buffer memory. This drive also uses the new 6Gb/sec Serial ATA interface though this is largely overkill in a single drive scenario.If you intend to run a RAID array however this will reduce bottlenecks. Our 600GB VelociRaptor managed an average read speed of 136.2MB/sec in our HDTach 3 benchmark. The 300GB VelociRaptor managed a speed of 110MB/sec by comparison. The drive also managed a random access speed of 7.0ms, 0.1ms quicker than its counterpart. Comparing the drive to entry-level SSDs, it is almost as quick as these drives though the SSDs feel more responsive because of their much lower random access performance.
For years, if you wanted the speediest consumer hard drive you could get your hands on, you went with a 10,000rpm Western Digital Raptor. Its first incarnation, released in 2003, was a 37GB single-platter drive using a PATA-to-SATA bridge. The next year brought a 74GB SATA 150 drive, and thereafter the drives roughly doubled in size (and went up a SATA spec) every couple of years. Last time WD refreshed the line, it bumped the capacity to 300GB, named the resulting 100MB/s-plus drive the VelociRaptor, and promptly won our Kick Ass award. But that was 2008—several hard drive generations ago. And though Western Digital’s latest VelociRaptor ups the ante with 600GB of space and a 6Gb/s SATA controller, the drive now has to compete with solid state drives and high-capacity, high-performance drives like WD’s own Caviar Black series. Make no mistake: The new VelociRaptor, with its 32MB of cache and 6Gb/s transfer rates, is the fastest mechanical SATA drive we’ve ever tested. With average sustained read and write speeds greater than 130MB/s, it’s fully a third faster than the last-gen VelociRaptor, which averaged around 100MB/s for both.
It seems that nearly every week there comes an announcement of the newest SSD (Solid State Disk) to be set upon the consumer. No one can deny the raw speed of these drives and with ever changing controller technologies they are even seen as quite reliable. In fact, if it were not for two rather outstanding factors, I feel the world would quickly put mechanical storage to rest. The first is still the Achilles heel which is price, with even the most basic drive still commanding $3+ per GB of storage. Second, density still has yet to breach the 500GB mark and that is just not going to draw in those who store music and video on their PC as well as any other data farmer. Mechanical drives have been around since the early days of the PC. Slowly but surely they are creeping up in size without doing the same in cost. With even the most expensive drives coming in under $1.50 per GB, they are still far more affordable. Also, considering the fact that manufacturers are stuffing over 2TB of space onto a single 3.5” drive, no one can deny who has won the density war. I have been asked more than a few times as to my opinion on the future for mechanical hard drives.
When it comes to fast storage, Western Digital aren't willing to accept that the only way forward is a solid state drive. Instead, they're pushing forward with the VelociRaptor series, a range of traditional platter-based hard-drives spinning at high speed and promising SSD-style transfer rates but HDD-style prices per gigabyte. Is the latest Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX top of the food chain or overdue for extinction? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. Western Digital slot the VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX into their enterprise range, but they're also clear that it's an enthusiasts drive. Among those enthusiasts are speed-freak gamers looking to balance transfer rates against storage capacity, together with home server builders demanding the same sort of performance as their corporate cousins. The new WD6000HLHX offers 600GB of capacity, paired with 32MB of cache, and uses the latest SATA 6 Gb/s interface. A 2.5-inch drive in a 3.5-inch “IcePack” caddy, it spins at a whopping 10,000 rpm and Western Digital reckon you'll see 3.6ms read seek times, 4.2ms write seek times, and just 3.0ms latency. The caddy, meanwhile, bristles with cooling fins that work as a huge heatsink and also allow you to mount the drive.
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