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WD Launches Newest VelociRaptor, The Fastest SATA Hard Drive With Twice the Capacity

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WD announced today that it is now shipping WD VelociRaptor 450 GB and 600 GB hard drives, the next generation of its 10,000 RPM SATA family of hard drives. The new WD VelociRaptor hard drive is designed for blade servers, high-performance PCs, Mac computers, professional workstations, as well as 1U and 2U rack servers that require a balance of high performance and capacity. As the only 10,000 RPM SATA hard drive on the market today, and a favorite amongst enthusiast and enterprise groups, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive now comes packed with twice the capacity and up to 15% performance increase over the previous generation.

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Ha...I thought these were going to be competitive to SSDs, but the prices needed to be at least half that to be worth it.
 
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I hope someone does a comparison review of the old Raptors and these :)
 
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those cost way to much i would rather get a ssd
 
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The average Joe doesn't need over 128GB for the OS drive most of the time. Most of use use 2 drives anyway, why would you make a Raptor/SSD an archive for video/audio when you could buy a standalone 1-2TB cheap 7200 HDD for that.
 

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You all are complaining about price. But what the heck are you talking about? Have you seen the prices of a 512 gb ssd? The cheapest I found is $1,399.00. Here take a look --

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010150636 1421447171&name=512GB
Because they also have to compete with standard Hard Drives. For me to be inticed to move to a VelociRaptor over my standard 7200RPM Drive, they need to be reasonably priced.

The average Joe doesn't need over 128GB for the OS drive most of the time. Most of use use 2 drives anyway, why would you make a Raptor/SSD an archive for video/audio when you could buy a standalone 1-2TB cheap 7200 HDD for that.
And the average Joe doesn't need an SSD either...
 
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Oooohhh techreport has a review on this
 
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You're right, but it makes no sense to store video/music on a fast HDD like Raptor/SSD. Therefore, no need for higher capacity fast DDs over 200GB really.
 

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SSD for OS drive is actually moot for people who dont reboot/shutdown their PC's often.. after the OS loads the benefits of SSD for OS drive is gone, I had a X25-E for my OS drive and I only reboot for like once a month or a significant driver update. Never felt the benefits of SSD as an OS drive.
 

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Isn't this the same price as the 300GB and 150GB when they were launched? The OEM 300GB is selling for $200 now.
 

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lol looks like i was right :p
 
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Doh! Going off the posting from yesterday, I thought there was going to be (cheaper) 150GB/300GB models as well.

Hmm... with the prices I was thinking of paying for the controller and drives, might as well look as PCIe SSD.
 
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I don't really see the point of these—neither those looking for cheap storage, nor those looking for performance, will have much use for them. Given the price point, "kinda low latency" and "kinda high transfer speed" (all things being relative) drives just don't strike me as a good option for anyone. You want truly high transfer speed, go RAID. You want that and truly low latency, go SSD.

Much love to WD and kudos for what from a technical perspective are excellent feats of engineering, but ... maybe it's time to cut this line, shift the tech to standard HDDs, and switch the performance focus to SSDs.
 
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5 years from now the average Joe will not know what a HDD is. Moore's Law is a b1tch. :nutkick:
 
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Doh! Going off the posting from yesterday, I thought there was going to be (cheaper) 150GB/300GB models as well.

Hmm... with the prices I was thinking of paying for the controller and drives, might as well look as PCIe SSD.
Yep me too hoping for 150GB with 32MB cache. :shadedshu Anyone got some info if WD will be launching this within the next months... 2x 150GB in RAID 0 config would be nice.
 

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I wana!!! LOL imagine 3 off then in RAID-0 O.O
 
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i dont see the need for these when you can short stroke a 1.5 or a 1 tb drive and it will perform virtually identically to this one for half the price/heat/noise.

Hell for that price you could get two 1TB drives and stripe them short stroked and they would eat this for lunch.
 
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would it work in a PS3?
it might overheat without the heatsink, tho, wont it?

*just a tech question. never gonna do it.
 
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