Western Digital Velociraptor 300GB SATA HD - HotHardware

Western Digital Velociraptor 300GB SATA HD

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We also used IOMeter's default test script to with all of the drives represented here.  IOMeter's default test uses 2-Kilobyte random I/Os with a mix of 67% reads and 33% writes, which represents a typical database workload.

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Once again, the new Western Digital Velociraptor outperforms all of the reference drives in every portion of IOMeter's test script, with the expected caveat of slightly higher CPU utilization.

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 the name alone gets a +1 from me. would be nice if it had 32MB of cache as some other drives more than 2x their size do

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I talked to WD about the cache size, and they said it offered little to no benefit, so they kept the buffer at 16MB. Obviously, it didn't hurt performance much!

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Maybe it's not needed for 300GB hdd...

Anyways it looks sweet ;)

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Wow, that thing flies.  I have a 300GB hard drive now, so I know how to work with that capacity.  But the price is pretty steep.  What I actually payed most attention to in the article was the WD6400AAKS which actually seemed to usually perform inbetween the old Raptor 150 and the new Velociraptor 300.  Considering it's great capacity and relatively low price, I may end up eventually going for that drive when I need more capacity, likely this summer.

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Hey All.  If you wouldn't mind, please do us a favor and Digg this article if you liked it...

HH's VelociRaptor Diggage

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Definately an impressive drive... its nice to finally see higher RPM drives break through that 150/160GB barrier thats been around for a few years.

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yes very nice indeed. Wish these were out when I got my 150 raptor x's but they do just fine. 35% is a big jump though.

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Nice review, Marco. That drive looks pretty crazy...a 2.5" drive in a 3.5" heatsink...very interesting.

Consider it dugg!

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It's dugg. wow that article had 75 digs on it when I clicked.

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I guess this unit will cost insanely much,but it does worth it since it is better than even some SAS drives 

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