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.
Fastest Read and Write speeds of any Magnetic HDD
Native Command Queuing
10,000RPM Spindle Speeds
Larger size than previous Raptor models
Not the quietest drive around
Expensive (price premium for features)
- Latest Pricing
Rating - 8.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Drive in Detail]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and PCMark]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - HD Tach]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - File Copy Tests]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Game Level Loading Tests]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Inland Professional SATA III moves to 2nd place at Amazon
- Offensive language in Rainbow Six Siege now gives insta-ban
- Nintendo teases future updates for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- MoonQuest comes to Steam Early Access 7 years later
- Nintendo Switch soon to feature 1000+ games, all regions
- Unlock Outlook PST Recovery Tool
- ASRock Z370 Extreme4 produces a high-frequency sound
- Thin, Light & Narrow Bezel, MSI GS65 Gaming NB Review
- iStorage diskashur DT2 12TB Review
- Z370 Aorus Gaming 5 rev 1.0
- Micron Launches Industry's First Enterprise SATA Solid State Drives Built on Leading 64-layer 3D NAND Technology
- Micron, Rambus, Northwest Logic and Avery Design to Deliver a Comprehensive GDDR6 Solution for Next-Generation Applications
- Toshiba Memory America Unveils UFS Devices Utilizing 64-Layer, 3D Flash Memory
- ASUS Announces GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Series Gaming Graphics Cards
- ASUS Announces ASUS Hangouts Meet Hardware Kit