1TB Western Digital VelociRaptor Review

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HeartBurnKid

If WD wanted to make the Velociraptor relevant again, they could do what Seagate did with the Momentus XT Hybrid and give it about 8GB of cache.

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Typo91

I had a Corsair GT 120GB SSD I had to RMA, so I took one of my retired 36GB Raptor drives off my shelf, moved most my contents off my SSD till it was just mainly the OS and program files, and cloned it to the 10,000 rpm Raptor. Now I am not saying a Raptor is just as good as an SSD, however, its been working so well, I got my replacement SSD back in January and I still havn't bothered putting it back in the system cause No. 1 I am lazy, and No 2. The 2004 WD Raptor is pretty fast!

I used to have two of them in Raid 0 in a machine, and that box was SUPER fast for 2004, I didn't retire it till just last year, when Sandy Bridge came out, and i pushed my secondary machine (p4)out when my QX6700 took on that role.

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szore

well, the Samsung 830 256GB is offered for $266.99 on NewEgg...i paid $300 for it just a month ago.

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Peanut Fox

As low as 250 depending on the version.

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B.A.Frayd

I have a 2 TB WD Caviar Black RST-accelerated by a 60 GB M4. Total cost: $200 (Oct 2011). Snappy!

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kenlau

Yeap. Too little too late.

The biggest mistake though is to keep the hard disks price artifically high after the Thailand floods. That create impetus to adopt SSDs. The last 8 months, I bought 6 SSDs, and 0 HDDs, simply because the prices doubled. When I need more HDDs, I just swap in a SSD in place of the HDD I was using for the OS. The improved performance of the SSD as bootdrive was noticeable, so it was worth the premium.

Just as well I waited as now, the priced drop 30% compared to its highest point, and probably will keep going down to what it used to be by year end.

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warptek2010

If it wasn't so damn expensive 2 of these in Raid 0 would be sweet but only if that config cost less than 1 good performance SSD which is highly improbable. Very small niche market.

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szore

How about 6 in RAID 5?

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Typo91

I got 8xWD Green 2TB drives (back when they where 69.99 a pop) in RAID5

5400rpm

running for over 12 months now non stop.

Benchmarked Reads @ 340MB/s
Writes @ 330MB/s

on a server. Not bad for a drive that by itself gets about 70MB/s

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szore

What controller are you using?

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Typo91

HighPoint RocketRAID 2220 PCI-X SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115022

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SongEmu

Can only fit in a desktop = zero market/target demographic. Might as well get a $100 1 or 2 TB hard drive + a good 128/256 GB SSD. This thing is pointless. I mean. If you gave me one for free, I'd use it. But I don't lust for one at all.

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KenLV

I guess you missed the part of the article about who the target market is.

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MastaGuy

Seagate has WD beat in both performance and price per GB with their Momentus XT as of now.

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KenLV

Huh? Look at the chart again, the Seagate LOSES 6 out of 10 benchmarks to the WD.

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Marcbman

Is there a reason the best scores aren't bolded?