Introduction and Specifications
With all of the press solid state drives have received over the last year or so, it would be easy to think that few advancements have been made in the hard drive space. After all, hard drive capacities have seemingly hit a plateau at 2TB, performance can't come close to even a mid-range SSD in most scenarios, and it's hard to imagine prices falling any lower, when some drives can be had for about 7.5 cents per gigabyte. However, Western Digital, despite releasing their very own line of SSDs recently, continues to push the performance envelope with traditional spinning hard drives. Need evidence? Then feast your eyes on the brand new WD VelociRaptor 600GB...
WD's VelociRaptor 600GB, Model WD6000HLHX
Like the first-Gen VelociRaptor, the new 600GB variant you see pictured here employs a 2.5" form factor, with a 10K RPM spindle speed. This new offering, however, sports denser platters, more cache, a SATA 6Gb/s interface, and a dual-core processor; all features designed to crank performance up a notch or three. Will the new VelociRaptor hit the same speeds as an SSD? No. But it is the fastest HD we have ever tested. Read on and see for youself.
Data path protection
Looking at its specifications and features, one could easily confuse the WD VelociRaptor 600GB drive with a less advanced offering. It has "only" 32MB of cache, whereas many other current high-end hard drives feature 64MB, and its capacity its capacity is only 600GB. The WD VelociRaptor 600GB drive's 10K RPM spindle speed, SATA 6Gb/s support, and dual-core processor / controller, however, hint at the ultra high-performance this drive is capable of, relatively speaking of course.