Monday, April 16th 2012

Western Digital VelociRaptor Hard Drive Reaches New Performance Peak with 1 TB Model

Western Digital today announced it is now shipping the new WD VelociRaptor 1 TB hard drive, the latest addition to its award-winning drive family, the largest capacity 10,000 RPM hard drive on the market today. Designed for high-performance PCs, Mac computers and professional workstations that require a balance of high performance and capacity, the WD VelociRaptor drive is a favorite among enthusiasts and creative professionals. The WD VelociRaptor will also come in capacities of 500 GB and 250 GB.

Leveraging enterprise-class mechanics to provide 24x7 durability under high-performance workloads, the new WD VelociRaptor 1 TB hard drive is geared for creative professionals who demand the ultimate SATA drive. Creative pros use write-intensive applications that manage large, dynamic files; for example, video editing and digital content creation and management, which ultimately put a strain on storage devices that utilize write-challenged NAND memory for performance enhancement. WD VelociRaptor's outstanding read and write performance across the entire disk capacity makes it a perfect match for the creative professional and enthusiast who want to optimize their tools, enhance productivity, and increase storage space at the same time.

"WD is committed to providing customers with the best performing and most reliable SATA hard drives and our WD VelociRaptor family of drives underscores that promise," said Darwin Kauffman, vice president and general manager of WD's enterprise storage. "With ever-increasing demand for greater capacity, the new 1 TB WD VelociRaptor drive delivers the ultimate combination of speed and storage for the power user."

The WD VelociRaptor 2.5-inch hard drive comes in the IcePack enclosure, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with built-in heat sink - a factory customization that fits the drive into a standard 3.5-inch system bay and keeps the powerful drive extra cool when installed in a high-performance desktop or workstation system.

Features of the WD VelociRaptor hard drives include:

Super speed - SATA 6 Gb/s interface and 64 MB cache optimize the 10,000 RPM WD VelociRaptor.

Higher capacity - WD VelociRaptor SATA hard drives employ Advanced Format Technology to achieve capacities up to 1 TB.

Rock-solid reliability - Designed and manufactured to workstation standards to deliver stellar reliability in high workload environments.

Ultra-cool operation - Consumes less idle power and uses similar active power as the previous generation WD VelociRaptor while offering greater capacity and performance.

Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) - Optimizes operation and performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.

NoTouch ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection when in transit.

Environmentally conscious - In addition to being RoHS-compliant, this generation of WD VelociRaptor is also a halogen-free design.

Price and Availability

WD VelociRaptor hard drives are available now at select distributors, resellers and e-tailers, and come with a five-year limited warranty. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD VelociRaptor 1 TB (model #: WD1000DHTZ) is $319.99 USD, the 500 GB version (model #: WD5000HHTZ) is $209.99 USD and the 250 GB version (model #: WD2500HHTZ) is $159.99 USD. More information about WD VelociRaptor hard drives including terms of the limited warranty may be found on the company website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=20.
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59 Comments on Western Digital VelociRaptor Hard Drive Reaches New Performance Peak with 1 TB Model

#51
Makaveli
Prima.Vera, post: 2603479"
The other ones is that, compared to SSD, it will NOT diminish its performance over time...
This was solved with TRIM.

Step out of 2007 and into 2012!
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#52
Makaveli
AthlonX2, post: 2603571"
Velociraptor all the way. WTF you gonna do with a 120 SSD? before you know it its half full and crawling like a spinner
lmao

A full SSD will still be faster!

What am I gonna do with that when I start hitting it with multiple IO request and it starts to crawl like a spinner?

Scrizz, post: 2603645"
SSDs are still too expensive.
I have well over 120GB or programs I use almost every day......
That doesn't include games......

If I won the lottery, then that's another matter...
you don't store 200+ gb's of games on a SSD.

Besides MMO's and BF3/Skyrim games don't benefit much from an SSD cause once everything is loaded you are in main memory.
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#53
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
How many VelociRaptors does it take to hit 1gb/s? I can tell you it only takes two Corsair Force GTs and with everything loaded up, I'm only using half of my RAID-0 2x120Gb SSD alternatively, everything where speeds don't matter as much, I have a RAID-5 which I know will save me if a drive fails. 1TB velociraptor is nice for someone who wants to throw everything on one drive and wants something a bit better than 7200 RPM drives. It is no SSD replacement.
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#54
Delta6326
Aquinus, post: 2604734"
How many VelociRaptors does it take to hit 1gb/s? I can tell you it only takes two Corsair Force GTs and with everything loaded up,.
if I had to guess I would say maybe 4.
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#55
Ahhzz
Newegg has the OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB for $64 before $15 rebate for those of us who have a large drive, and want to add the Cache ability.
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#56
Prima.Vera
Makaveli, post: 2604728"
This was solved with TRIM.

Step out of 2007 and into 2012!
No it wasn't fixed 100%. Check Anand or Tomshardware reviews for this...:shadedshu
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#57
Makaveli
Prima.Vera, post: 2606356"
No it wasn't fixed 100%. Check Anand or Tomshardware reviews for this...:shadedshu
You care to post some more proof of this ??

you got a link?
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#58
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
Makaveli, post: 2607362"
You care to post some more proof of this ??

you got a link?
TRIM doesn't improve performance *that* much, and when it comes to games you're hitting reads a lot more than writes, so TRIM isn't going to benefit you in most cases with video games anyways. TRIM isn't a magical cure that mades SSDs perfect. It's an improvement, yes, however the perf difference is only something like 15%.
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#59
techtard
I have been using an Intel X25-M ssd as a bootdrive since late '09. I have not noticed any dramatic slowdowns.
No obvious slowdowns on my new HyperX game SSD either. Been using it since Dec. 2011.
TRIM seems to be working for me.

You get slowdowns in benchmarks, but in real world usage SSDs are so fast that even if they do degrade, they are still a vast improvement ofer platter based hdds.
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