Western Digital Velociraptor

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okoureia

the raptor is a beast; no doubt about that. But, I would love to see maximumpc do a review of seagate's 300gb 15k.5 cheetah. with an access time of 3.5ms and a host transfer rate of 300 MBytes/sec from what I've seen, it sure impressed the hell out of me on paper. I'm interested in what difference the raptor's smaller 2.5" size accounts for, and what the reliability is like on a 15k rpm disk.jimmy

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darkliquids

I feel cheated every time I buy a hard drive, even knowing that manufacturers will say that 1000k is a megabyte, while windows sees 1024k as mb.

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hogkill

ummm actually that isn't the reason why the read/write portion is smaller than the actually capacity.

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NAYRhyno

Granted, it is a little silly to bring up price/performance regarding a bleeding edge device like this. But, my 500gb Seagate 7200.11 gets avgerage read speeds 94-95MB/s and burst speed of 220-245 MB/s with HD Tach.  Is that extra speed really worth the extra $200?  Sure the seek times are better, 7 or 8ms compared to 11 or 12ms, but how noticable is that difference? Maybe for things like the delay when you right click to bring up a context menu, but for OS load time and game loads does it matter?

 

Also, what is the noise like?  I dropped my Raptor 150GB  a few weeks after I got it because of seek noise.  Does the smaller form factor improve on that?

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Redeye

This drive is pretty sexy I have to admit.  I am still running the original 36gb Raptor (ouch) and my urge to upgrade to this rediculiously fast piece of tech is going to get me in trouble with the wife.  Oh, and someone must be watching movies with their kids, Land Before Time pro/con reference?

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TheMurph

Colbert and I do enjoy our dinosaur movies.

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darkliquids

does anyone have a real world benchmark, like antivirus difference in scan time versus an older drive?

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TheMurph

Here's a sneak peek from our November issue:

It took us 383 seconds to create a 40GB uncompressed AVI file from Adobe Premiere Pro to a Velociraptor drive.  The same benchmark... wouldn't run on our terabyte drive of choice, Samsung's HD103UJ.  And no SSD we've tested has been able to beat this mark.

We initially tried this test on a Western Digital terabyte drive and it took far longer than the VR.  I'll try and dredge up the concrete numbers for you!

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zodi

IF anything capacity should be the only CON.

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bholstege

You should make that a con for everything. For example:

 

Graphics card warranty voided if you run it without the cooler

CPU warranty voided if you remove the heat spreader

Motherboard warranty voided if you pull off all the heatsinks

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pellier

why is it a negative in the review if you pull the icepack off?

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pellier

to clarify this why is it in the review. it wont fit into a laptop or a drive bay if you take it off its obvious its  a good idea not to and not really a con this drive should get a ten

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bullnettle59

 You know that someday they will make them w/o the ice pack...when laptops can handle them.

Just leave the damn thing alone for now. Don't void a 5 year warranty.

 Asus M2A-VM,, Raptor 150,Caviar 200,,AMD 5600+, 2GB Patriot PC2-6400, Gigabyte 8600GT 512, CM Extreme 500W, Antec 300 case

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