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Western Digital Updates Raptor Series

Discussion in 'News' started by malware, May 27, 2006.

  1. malware New Member

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    Western Digital silently updated two of its first Raptor series drives: the 36GB WD360ADFD and 74GB WD740ADFD 10,000RPM models. Both hard drives now have 16MB buffer size, Native Command Queuing, increased 'Buffer To Disk' transfer rates of 84MB/sec up from the previous models' 72MB/sec as well as lower overall average seek times. The updated 36GB and 74GB Raptor models are also 3 dBA quieter in the idle state. However, both drives still carry a SATA 150 MB/s interface. These updated models are not available yet, but retailers should start to sell them within the next few days.

    Source: DailyTech
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    I really want four of those in RAID 0...
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  3. Alec§taar New Member

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    They're awesome disks & have been since their introduction, imo & experience w/ them, which has been since generation #1 (36gb & 74gb 10k rpm 8mb buffered units).

    I just picked up (around 1-2 months ago) the 150gb units w/ 16mb buffers on them (2 of them in RAID 0 via a Promise EX8350 128mb Caching Controller w/ Intel Super I-O cpu on them to offload the system CPU from disk mgt. tasks)... & these?

    They REALLY fly!

    They show on tests as outpacing my older generation #1 units by a GOOD margin on benchmark tests I have run here.

    Probably partially @ least, due to the caching SATA2 controller (which sits in an x4 PCI-Express slot on the ASUS A8N-Premium mobo I have here) & probably partially due to the larger buffers on them vs. generation #1 "raptors"...

    * Anyhow/anyways - I am waiting to see the performance numbers on these new ones, & usually sites like:


    Have early numbers on them, because they quite often get the "engineering samples" sent their way...



    P.S.=> IMO & experience with them? I found that having them in ALL of my systems (2), I don't "feel bad" about it... they all fly, even the older gen #1 units! apk
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