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New WD VelociRaptor HDD to Take HDD Closest to SSD

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Why did they produce it with sata III and not Sata I or II if it does not utilizes the whole bandwidth???
Same reason they produced SATA II hard drives and got everyone to believe it was necessary...marketting.
 
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I think i just found my next gaming HDD...shame there so expensive here in AUS, over $1 per GB =/
 
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Looks interesting as a Game drive, still won't replace and SSD for an OS drive. I really want to see this 3ms in actions because its takes 15k RPM drives to get that low and they are doing it with 10k.
 
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This is good. I love my VRaptors and these are definitely going into my next build.
I love that warm fuzzy feeling you get from platters... sorta like LPs (33 and a half vinyl records).

:)
 

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are we talking like $70 for 150gb or will it cost more?
:laugh: i doubt it, im thinking atleast $150~ for the 150gb and god knows what for the 600

It's the 3 ms access-time that's most exciting. I would expect the 600 GB model to sell around the $170 mark.
i expect it to be atleast $350~, guess we will see :toast:
 
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dang they said it was going be at a good price but thats way to much
 
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Nice. I'll be looking of these drives closely...


Why did they produce it with sata III and not Sata I or II if it does not utilizes the whole bandwidth???
Because that's the standard we're on now. Except most new drives to be using it.

Also, these drives (like the previous models) are used in between the "I need 10K/15K SAS" and "7200rpm SATA" situations. The drives to cable ratio is not always 1:1.
 
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I want this Hdd badly
 

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37 dBA:eek: too loud using it in laptop. Probably just going to wait for cheaper SSDs.
 
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Atom -- I don't think at 12.5MM high 2.5" hard drive would fit in a laptop - not to mention, the amount of heat that these produce would be conducive to a laptop enclosure... Hence the large metal heat sink mounting bracket......
 
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I've loved my Raptor for 3 years until I got my first SSD.
And then my X25-M.
Now I'm really holding myself from buying 2 more for different systems because right around Christmas Intel will drop their prices in half. That means 160GB for about $220. The Raptors better come up with some good pricing.
 

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600GB does sound better. I'm pretty sure that price per gb will be lower than ssd's.
 
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I've loved my Raptor for 3 years until I got my first SSD.
And then my X25-M.
Now I'm really holding myself from buying 2 more for different systems because right around Christmas Intel will drop their prices in half. That means 160GB for about $220. The Raptors better come up with some good pricing.
Hold off till next gen ssd comes, prices will CRASH on x25-M go raid, more than enough for OS(raid 0 goodness for non important stuff)

Im running 40 1tb drives in my nas, thats about for storage.
 
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This.. is... AWESOMEEE!
 
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dang they said it was going be at a good price but thats way to much
They didn't say that. They said the price would be highly competitive with SSD prices. That just means if it is cheaper per GB than SSD (which is a given) then the statement is true.

I am just glad to see I was right about this when this story cropped up a few weeks back.

Since these are sustained reads of 145 MB/s, then the burst reads should be in the low 200ish range, say 215 MB/s. That is rather impressive.

What about Write speeds. Any word on that projected figure?
 
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Hm... how loud is 37dBA?

I would like the 300gb model to replace my system drive...
 

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600GB for $170 is amazing... I guess it's only natural for WD to lower the prices on their performance mechanical drives because of how cheap SSD's are getting.
 
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600GB for $170 is amazing... I guess it's only natural for WD to lower the prices on their performance mechanical drives because of how cheap SSD's are getting.
Plus it is cheaper to make larger capacity drives now due to increase in density for disk surfaces. You can get a 1 TB drive now that will out perform a 320 GB HDD from 2 or 3 years ago for cheaper. The same parallel for the old Raptors and the new as their is about a 3 year gap there, right?
 
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nice to see these making a comeback but I think its useful they keep old tech around to challenge the new stuff. competition beings new tweaks and such.
 
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Since these are sustained reads of 145 MB/s, then the burst reads should be in the low 200ish range, say 215 MB/s. That is rather impressive.
Combined with the insane random-access speeds the VR drives are notorious for, is a big reason why dedicated gamers still prefer the VR over any SSD.

Personally, I'd get an SSD for storage, but not for any of my primary drives.
 
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Combined with the insane random-access speeds the VR drives are notorious for, is a big reason why dedicated gamers still prefer the VR over any SSD.

Personally, I'd get an SSD for storage, but not for any of my primary drives.
SSDs are 1000 times faster than VR's when it comes to access times. ;)
 
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Combined with the insane random-access speeds the VR drives are notorious for, is a big reason why dedicated gamers still prefer the VR over any SSD.

Personally, I'd get an SSD for storage, but not for any of my primary drives.
That is completely backwards.

The reason most gamers still use the Raptors is the fact that game data gets updated, save files change all the time, and games will be installed and removed. SSD have a limited write numbers and this would be hell on the drive.
 
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Combined with the insane random-access speeds the VR drives are notorious for, is a big reason why dedicated gamers still prefer the VR over any SSD.

Personally, I'd get an SSD for storage, but not for any of my primary drives.
lol what are you smoking?

SSD's will improve game loading time that is about it, the only reason gamers are sticking to VR is because they can't afford an SSD or because they need more space.
 
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heh, that again. you'd be surprised how many people make that mistake.


when you RAID two drives, you're RAIDing two sata ports.
You arent running the two drives off the one port, they get 150MB/s each!
I am not talking a simple 2 drive raid 0 array, if these drives are at a price point to rival SSD's then a 4+ array is more to my tastes and why sata 3 is a must :rockout: