WD Announces the WD VelociRaptor

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News Posted: Mon, Apr 21 2008 8:28 AM

WD ANNOUNCES WD VELOCIRAPTOR -- THE WORLD’S FASTEST SATA HARD DRIVE


Next-generation 10,000 RPM, 2.5-inch, 300 GB SATA Hard Drive, WD VelociRaptor is 35 Percent Faster and Twice the Capacity of the Previous Performance King


LAKE FOREST, CALIF. - Apr. 21, 2008 - WD (NYSE: WDC) announced today that it is now shipping WD VelociRaptor hard drives, the next generation of its 10,000 RPM SATA "Raptor" series of drives. Designed with an enterprise-class foundation, the new WD VelociRaptor hard drive is modified specifically for PC and Mac® enthusiasts and professional workstations. Destined to become the new high-performance favorite of these groups, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive comes packed with twice the capacity and a 35 percent performance increase over the previous generation.


From the bloodlines of the WD Raptor, the most popular hard drive for high-performance enthusiasts who demand the ultimate SATA drive, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive is built with enterprise-class mechanics and packs 300 GB of storage capacity into a 2.5-inch enterprise form factor. The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor drive is enclosed in the IcePack, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink -- a customization that fits the drive into a standard 3.5-inch system bay and keeps this powerful drive extra cool when installed in a high-performance desktop chassis.


"Demand for ever-higher PC performance continues to increase and WD is the leader in this category with the WD Raptor. We created WD VelociRaptor hard drives to lead PC enthusiasts into the next era of PC and Mac storage performance and satisfy their insatiable thirst for computing speed," said Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of WD's enterprise business unit. "The new WD VelociRaptor delivers the greatest performance and reliability of all SATA hard drives currently on the market."


WD VelociRaptor is the next step up for the speed-craving PC enthusiast, and as with all WD drives, attention to detail in features, performance and reliability is a top priority. Features of the new WD VelociRaptor hard drives include:



  • Killer Speed - Built on the performance of the WD Raptor, these 10,000 RPM drives, with SATA 3 Gb/s interface, and 16 MB cache deliver mind-bending performance.

  • Rock-solid Reliability - WD VelociRaptor drives are designed and manufactured to business-critical, enterprise-class standards to provide enterprise reliability in high duty cycle environments. The design results in the highest available reliability rating of any SATA drive at 1.4 million hours MTBF.

  • IcePack Mounting Frame - The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor drives are enclosed in a 3.5-inch enterprise-class mounting frame with a built-in heat sink that keeps this powerful little drive extra cool when installed in high-performance desktop chassis.

  • Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) - Optimizes performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.

  • SecurePark - Parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording head never touches the disk surface, resulting in improved long-term reliability and increased drive protection when the chassis is moved.

Price and Availability
WD VelociRaptor (model WD3000GLFS) hard drives will be available on Alienware's high-performance ALX gaming desktop by the end of April. At launch, Alienware will offer maximum performance with two 300 GB WD VelociRaptor hard drives in RAID 0 configuration on
www.alienware.com. WD VelociRaptor hard drives will be shipping exclusively through Alienware this month and will be available through the company's online store (www.shopwd.com) and at select distributors and resellers mid-May. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD VelociRaptor 300 GB is $299.99 USD.

You can read our full review of the new WD VelociRaptor right here.




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ice_73 replied on Mon, Apr 21 2008 10:59 PM

i just creamed my pants... ive long been a fan of the raptor and have one in my current rig. and was very sad to see current hard drives beating the raptor... now the raptor is back to being king of the castle.

imagine these in raid

one thing though, in the review you did not test raid of 2 150gb raptors (since 2 150 are somewhat the same price as the new raptor)  which would of been nice to see.

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It is a little weird why WD does not let you get the drive out of the ICE Pack!
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Very nice!

I'm planning a Nehalem build in Q1 of next year and will want 1... if not 2!!!

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I guess the Nehalem CPU will be without a doubt over 1000$ from the start and if you want a tri-channel motherboard to go with it,I can imagine a price from 400$ to 500$ for it!A lot of money 

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Perhaps, but prices always come down... it's just a matter of time and as I've gotten older my patience has increased.

 

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Since the VelociRaptor is basically a 2.5-inch drive I wonder if there will ever be one of these screamers available for laptops!

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Glenn replied on Fri, May 2 2008 2:36 PM

Can anyone tell me this, If I install one of these new Raptor's and later find I want another later, can I then set them to Raid 0 without any pre-downloaded problems? I am now using 2, 74 Raptor's at Raid 0. I don't think I will need a second one but want the thought in my mind now. Thank you but only someone that knows for sure, please. GLENN

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ice_73 replied on Fri, May 2 2008 7:58 PM

Super Dave:
Since the VelociRaptor is basically a 2.5-inch drive I wonder if there will ever be one of these screamers available for laptops!


well its more a problem with heat than size. that babby comes with tis own cooler, now if you can get a watercooling system in a laptop then you can watercool the drive and be the coolest kid on the block (as if you need help with that dave :-p )

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These Hdds cannot fit in a laptop because they are thicker than the normal ones and dissipate much more heat.

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ice_73 replied on Sun, May 4 2008 5:19 PM

coolzonestefan:

These Hdds cannot fit in a laptop because they are thicker than the normal ones and dissipate much more heat.



actually this one is a 2.5 inch one that can go into a laptop. the problem is in fact heat, as i stated before. unless im wrong that 2.5 inch is the standard laptop hd size.

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 Any word on when this comes out? to like newegg?

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You should be able to find it readily available online around mid this month. 

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ice_73 replied on Thu, May 8 2008 10:18 AM

Crisis Causer:

You should be able to find it readily available online around mid this month. 


its already available in complete builds.

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