As has been the case for as long as I can remember, the common hard drive is one of the slowest components of a typical PC system. However, this ain't no common hard drive, proven by the results we've gathered in our test lab today. The drive never once showed any sign of failing to perform the way a 10,000 RPM drive should. In providing the results of the Seagate drives in conjunction with WD's new Raptor, you can clearly see it is leaps and bounds ahead of the mainstream market.
One of the biggest "wow" factors whilst testing the drive was its astonishing boot up times. Although on a fresh installation of Windows XP, it was still clear to me that I'd never witnessed a drive this fast before. Categorized as an "enterprise-class" storage drive, it's certainly right up there, however perhaps not quite to the extent of Ultra/160 SCSI devices which many high-end servers require.
Unfortunately, with all of this extra performance, there is of course a pretty price to pay, one I'm sure many will be deterred by. But there are also undoubtedly those of you who are just itching for noticeably faster loading times in their games, applications, digital video capturing and editing or what have you, all of these areas in which the Raptor really shines. Furthermore, if you wanted to go all out, there's always the option of purchasing two of these puppies for a RAID 0 array to experience some truly serious data movement.
Finally, I have to commend Western Digital for being the first (once again) to cover new ground in an area where there is always demand for it. If you've the bucks to spare, you won't regret your purchase of a new Raptor.
Surprisingly very quiet for a 10k drive
Opens the door to a new breed of hard drives
74GB still a bit small
Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Performance Award
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