It used to be that if you were looking to put together a high end rig with as few compromises as possibles, you rolled with a Western Digital Velociraptor. Today enthusiasts are more likely to opt for a solid state drive when looking to address the storage bottleneck at any cost, but this shift in power hasn't yet rendered the Velociraptor extinct (or if it has, somebody forget to tell Western Digital).
News and rumor site Fudzilla says Western Digital has begun shipping updated 150GB and 300GB Velociraptor drives. These revamped models now offer native SATA 6Gb/s support and sport 32MB of cache just like the 450GB and 600GB models, whereas the two lower capacities used to be saddled with SATA 3Gb/s and 16MB of cache.
We didn't manage to find any U.S. e-tailers selling these upgraded models just yet, but according to Fudizlla, overseas sellers have them listed for about 20 percent higher than the models they're replacing.
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