WD VelociRaptor 600GB RAID review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

WD VelociRaptor 600GB RAID review

Introduction

Back when Solid State Drives were in their infancy there was one clear choice if you wanted to have the absolute highest performing hard-drive available, the Western Digital VelociRaptor.

It was so much faster than the average hard-drive that it seemed to come from the future. The main problem with it was that the capacity was significantly lower than other hard-drives, and yet it cost quite a lot more.

Time moves on and the Solid State Drives have become larger in capacity than their early models, significantly cheaper when it comes to price-per-gigabyte, and pretty much become the default performance choice. Similarly to the old VelociRaptor though the main bone of contention levelled against it is that the capacity is low whilst the price is high, when compared to standard drives.

Of course when we're at the performance end of the spectrum price becomes much less of a consideration. If you were more interested in saving pennies than performance you'd still be running a P200MMX.

We recently wondered if it was possible to solve the performance/capacity problem by returning from the world of the solid state back to the place it all began, the WD VelociRaptor. To make sure we give it the best chance of really nailing the performance per pound bracket, we're going to be running 2 600GB ones in RAID 0.

Technical Specifications

No doubting that the VelociRaptor is deserving of its vicious namesake.

Data Transfer Rate (maximum)

Buffer to Host

Host to/from drive
6.0 Gb/s max
145 MB/s sustained
Average Read Seek 3.6 ms
Average Write Seek 4.2 ms
Track-to-track Seek 0.4 ms maximum
Average Latency 3 ms
Read Cache Adaptive
Write Cache Yes
Rotational Speed 10,000 RPM
Buffer 32 MB
Error Rate (non-recoverable) <1 in 1015 bits read
Load/Unload Cycles 600,000 minimum
LBA Support Yes

 

Let's have a look at what we have today.

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Most Recent Comments

02-11-2010, 19:15:22

tinytomlogan
Before SSDs there was the Western Digital VelociRaptor. With price per GB seemingly stable, it's time to revisit the HDD performance King.

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02-11-2010, 19:28:38

dipzy
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Before SSDs there was the Western Digital VelociRaptor. With price per GB seemingly stable, it's time to revisit the HDD performance King.

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They still pretty amazing drives, i got a 120gb ssd for my operating system, 300gb velociraptor for my programs and games also a 2tb sata drive for my music and HD Video's

There still alot of people who would still buy them as they are becoming cheaper Quote

02-11-2010, 19:30:29

yggdrasil
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Originally Posted by dipzy View Post

They still pretty amazing drives, i got a 120gb ssd for my operating system, 300gb velociraptor for my programs and games also a 2tb sata drive for my music and HD Video's
How dose that setup work for you?

Work well?

I am thinking of setting my system up the same way.Quote
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