Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB
Way before solid-state drives came into the enthusiast spotlight performance-seekers, gamers and professionals looked at only one name in the storage arena to address their needs: Western Digital’s VelociRaptor. The VelociRaptor (or just Raptor) is the only mainstream desktop solution that carries a 10,000RPM spindle speed making it one of the fastest hard drives around. [...]
Way before solid-state drives came into the enthusiast spotlight performance-seekers, gamers and professionals looked at only one name in the storage arena to address their needs: Western Digital’s VelociRaptor. The VelociRaptor (or just Raptor) is the only mainstream desktop solution that carries a 10,000RPM spindle speed making it one of the fastest hard drives around. The last line of VelociRaptors were released back in 2010 and was welcomed by a quickly-evolving SSD world. Fast-forward to present day with SSD costs at an all-time low, they’ve become a staple in performance builds. Western Digital is out to prove itself once more by hitting SSDs where it hurts most and that’s capacity. We have the top-of-the-line 1TB WD VelociRaptor in the house so let’s see what this Raptor can do.
Western Digital is one of the top storage media manufacturers in the world contributing a whole range of products to home users, media professionals and businesses. With the acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, they’ve broadened their port-folio and increased their R&D muscle to improve their products.
|As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second, megabit per second (Mb/s) = one million bits per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second.|
Designed around a 10,000 RPM spin speed, these SATA 6 Gb/s drives include a 64 MB cache and deliver the ultimate performance for photo and video editing.
With 1.4 million hours MTBF, these drives have the highest available reliability rating on a high capacity SATA drive. In addition, these drives feature a 5-year limited warranty.
State-of-the-art technology delivers a balance of high performance and high capacity perfect for data-intensive workloads that require large amounts of storage such as video editing, 3D rendering and scientific modeling.
Consumes less idle power and uses similar active power as the previous generation WD VelociRaptor, while offering higher capacity and performance.
Advanced Format (AF) .
Technology adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers as one of multiple ways to continue growing hard drive capacities. AF is a more efficient media format that enables increased areal densities.
Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF).
Optimizes operation and performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.
IcePack mounting frame.
The 2.5-inch hard drive is enclosed in a backplane-ready 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink that keeps this powerful little drive extra cool when installed in high-performance desktop chassis.
NoTouch ramp load technology.
The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
Pre-emptive Wear Leveling (PWL).
Ensures reliability for applications that perform a high incidence of read/write operations at the same physical location on the disk.
In addition to being RoHS compliant, this generation of WD VelociRaptor also provides a halogen-free design.
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To those not familiar with the VelociRaptor line, the most striking visual characteristic of the disk is the jagged sides. This is in actuality a cooling solution for the VelociRaptor titled the IcePack intended to pull heat away from the main drive. I have no idea if this was intended but the IcePack does add a certain appeal to the VelociRaptor.
The VelociRaptor is actually a 2.5″ drive mounted on the IcePack which follows the 3.5″ HDD form factor. The HDD is mounted to the IcePack and connects to an interface that extends its connectors.
The top of the drive shows us a wealth of info including the model code and capacity. As mentioned earlier we have the 1TB model which is the top variant of this new VelociRaptor line.
Here we have the VelociRaptor side-by-side with a 1TB Seagate drive and an HP 15K RPM SAS drive both of which represent the technologies that the VelociRaptor features: large capacities, low areal density and very fast spindle speed.
|CPU||Intel Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition|
|VIDEO CARD||Gainward GTX560 Ti 448|
|STORAGE||Kingston HyperX SSD 120GB, Seagate XT 3TB, Seagate Barracuda 3TB, Kingston HyperX 3K SSD 90GB, Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB|
|PSU||CoolerMaster GX750 Bronze|
|OS||Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1|
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Western Digital is probably well-aware of the situation the current HDD market is facing, with HDD prices still high due to last year’s Thailand flooding and with SSD costs rapidly dropping, the place for a high-performance hard disk is not in the gamer but in the professional. The Western Digital VelociRaptor, even with its promising performance is just not something for everyone. Sure I can say that if you need large capacity and top performance, the VelociRaptor is the choice but that still depends on your usage. Its hard coming up with a proper verdict for this drive really.
The VelociRaptor is a vast improvement over the former versions and clearly sets itself apart as the fastest hard drive in the desktop space. Coming in at Php 13, 795.00 for the 1TB model, the 500 GB version is Php 9, 295.00 and the 250 GB version is Php 7, 195.00, this is a very tough proposition for the gamer and user and to be honest, I don’t really see any real world benefits in games that Caviar Blacks wouldn’t be able to deliver. Anyone looking for this configuration would look for a combined solution with an SSD and a larger capacity drive like the Caviar Black models.
We cannot recommend the Raptor for just anyone, if you’re a professional looking for a large capacity and high performance drive and you need to work with large amount of files daily then this might just be for you. The Raptor also comes backed by a 5-year warranty so you’ll have peace of mind knowing that WD is confident about the quality of this product.
Western Digital has created the most impressive mechanical desktop hard drive in existence in the form of the VelociRaptor but as current trends pushes it more and more into the corner, its exciting to see how the hard drive market will react.