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Western Digital Raptor X - Return of the 10,000 RPM King

By: Cameron Johnson | HDDs in Storage | Posted: Mar 15, 2006 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: Western Digital

Final Thoughts


It is clear that Western Digital has introduced to the market the ultimate in magnetic storage drives, once again. The Raptor range when first introduced sold well, despite their high price per gigabyte. With the emphasis on larger storage mediums in the digital world we are now in and consumers wanting to spend as little money as possible, the question is will the Raptor X be the bomb or a dud?


What we can answer is that these drives have the fastest read and write speeds, a larger capacity than its predecessor and supports Native Command Queuing, allowing the drive to take advantage of some of the new SATA 2.5 specifications. It also has some funky features like the see-through window so you can see how the drive works and some inclusions to help keep the drive as cool as possible.


Overall the Western Digital Raptor X is definitely not one for quiet PC users, as the 10,000RPM speeds make this drive whine like a small turbocharger at times and if you put this into a small enclosure, you will find the drive overheating very quickly.


Surely the new Raptor X series of hard drives will be popular with enthusiasts who don't mind spending a little extra money (try almost $600 USD for a 300GB RAID 0 setup) but others might opt for a different drive like the new 7200.9 series from Seagate which is much cheaper per gigabyte but still offers acceptable performance.


- Pros


Fastest Read and Write speeds of any Magnetic HDD


See-through window


Native Command Queuing


10,000RPM Spindle Speeds


16MB Cache


Larger size than previous Raptor models


- Cons


Runs Hot


Not the quietest drive around


Expensive (price premium for features)


- Latest Pricing


Western Digital (WD1500ADFD) 150 GB Hard Drive


Rating - 8.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award



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