Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB Hard Drive Review
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
Tweak Town have reviewed the high performance Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB hard drive, which features a 10,000RPM rotational speed, large 64MB cache, read/write speeds of 200MB/s, 1.4 million hours MTBF, five year warranty, and $319 MSRP.
Let's see what they had to say:
"Western Digital's VelociRaptor is the fastest consumer mechanical HDD on the market. This isn't surprising since every time WD revamps this product it easily takes this title.
All is not lost and the VelociRaptor should live on. We keep hearing about Western Digital working on hybrid drives, a mix between mechanical capacity and solid state performance. WD didn't pull out the hybrid card this round, but maybe with the next release we'll see a hybrid Raptor. That doesn't mean you can't take advantage of other hybrid solutions already on the market with the VelociRaptor, though. The Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB is the ultimate HDD for use in an Intel's Smart Response Technology or NVELO's Dataplex.
Many users are starting to use tiered storage in their desktops with Windows installed on the boot drive and programs and storage residing on the D drive."
Although pricey, this is clearly the fastest consumer hard drive on the market. It may not match the performance of most budget SSDs, but it does offer a very attractive mix of performance and storage space.
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