WD VelociRaptor 1TB 10K RPM SATA III Hard Drive - HotHardware

WD VelociRaptor 1TB 10K RPM SATA III Hard Drive

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Our Test Methodologies: Under each test condition, the Solid State Drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a standard spinning hard disk for the OS and benchmark installations. Out testbed's motherboard was updated with the latest BIOS available as of press time and AHCI mode was enabled. The were left blank without partitions wherever possible, unless a test required them to be partitioned and formatted, as was the case with our ATTO, PCMark 7, and CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 and SSD Powered

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Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-2600K

Asus P8Z6-V Pro
(Z68 Chipset, AHCI Enabled)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285

4GB Kingston DDR3-1600

Integrated on board

WD Raptor 150GB (OS Drive)
WD Caviar Green 3TB
WD Velociraptor 600GB
WD Velociraptor 1TB
Hitachi Deskstar 3TB
Seagate Barracuda 3TB
Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB

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Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
Intel, iRST 10.5.1027
DirectX 11

NVIDIA GeForce 275.33

Benchmarks Used:
HD Tune v5
ATTO v2.47
CrystalDiskMark v3.01 x64
PCMark 7
SiSoftware Sandra 2011

SiSoft SANDRA 2011
Synthetic HDD Benchmarking

Next we ran SiSoft SANDRA, the the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. Here, we used the Physical Disk test suite and provided the results from our comparison SSDs. The benchmarks were run without formatting and read and write performance metrics are detailed below.

The new WD Velociraptor 1TB hard drive decimated all of the other drives we tested in the SiSoft SANDRA physical disk benchmark. Its closest competition here, the Seagate Barracuda 3TB, came close in the read test, but the WD Velociraptor 1TB's write performance left everything else in the dust.

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While I see this as a worthy HDD to have, I can't help but think I would be better served with an SSD for my OS installation, backed up with a more traditional (and less expensive) HDD as storage in my system.

SSD's are coming down in price all of the time. Newegg has a OCZ Agility 3  240GB SATA III Solid State Drive for $199.99 today as a shell-shocker deal.


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I agree 100% @realneil. I just picked up a shell-shocker 120gb corsair force gt for $120. After using an ssd for my boot drive I would never be able to go back to a mechanical drive for boot/programs. That begin said this is an amazing drive for someone who needs speed and storage space at the same time. I'm happy to see the 5-year warranty on this puppy. Anything spinning that fast always worries me on the reliability front.

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Nothing spinning this fast worries me when it comes to reliability. I've owned several generations of Raptors from WD, the longest being my 75gb raptor which has been on and running 24/7 (give or take a few days a year down time) since 2004... Yes 8 years and it is still currently running and on. I've never had a raptor die whether in my own systems or in someone else's rig I built

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Another great review; I purchased one these drives before I knew the joy of an SSD, it served as my game drive. It's still a great purchase but I agree with what has been said that SSD are continually dropping in price and the performance increase is just so dramatic with an SSD.

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Yeah realneil your right on the money an Intel SSD at 60GB (perfect for an OS drive with performance to spare) and maybe 2 1 TB (one for programs one for media) drives probably for less than one of these things, double the storage space, and at least double the general OS performance if not quadruple.

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60GB as an OS drive? That's hardly enough. Consider a 90GB.

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Ya i would have to agree with realneil. Although if i did have the money it doesn't hurt to have some fast HDD on top of a SSD :D.

The price for a this is reasonable but not in my price range to get. Maybe soon SSD will be come as low as a traditional HDD then life is good :D

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For a while now; I've been using a Corsair Force Gt as my main drive, and a 300GB WD VelociRaptor as my backup/ data drive...doesn't hurt to have to fast drives to run your system.

Very stable HDD's, I've had my WD running now for over 4 years.

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That begin said this is an amazing drive for someone who needs speed and storage space at the same time. 

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I do agree with realneil, but I think you lose some convenience having to path My Documents and some Programs to another drive. I think this drive at 1TB along with a 60GB Intel SSD 330 using Intel Smart Resoponse Technology would be ideal. I am doing a new build next week and will try that configuration out. Best of both worlds I figure.

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