Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB Review

By on December 13, 2010
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The new Velociraptor dukes it out with SSDs.

Good: Silent operation, Really fast, Much more reasonably priced than SSD
Bad: SATA 3 speeds are barely faster than SATA 2, Sequential read speeds still almost half of SSD
Price: AED 1,200
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Back in the day, ok, about 2 years ago, when everybody was stuck with 7,400 RPM hard drives in their PCs, it was Western Digital who rocked the market with their first VelociRaptor SATA hard drives running at 10,000 RPM with 32MB cache. While initially designed for enterprise solutions, the Velociraptor HDDs found a huge and eager audience in the PC enthusiast industry who could finally have SCSI level of performance without shelling out ridiculous amounts of money on the HDD and controller cards.

Two years later after the introduction of the first VelociRaptor HDD and Western Digital have introduced the 450GB and 600GB models for the masses. These 10,000 RPM hard drives are in the face of stiff competition from SSDs which have become less expensive over the years. Still, the performance of a VelociRaptor is nothing to sneeze at, neither is the price of an SSD which still up in the skies.

Western Digital’s new 600GB VelociRaptor is compatible with SATA 3 (6GB/s) speeds, however, I’ve tested it on our regular SATA motherboard as the difference between SATA 2 and 3 is absolutely negligible on traditional HDDs; it is the SSDs where SATA 3 really shines. The new 600GB VelociRaptor also has a claimed MTBF (mean time between failure) of 1.4 million hours, compared to 1.2 million of the previous gen 300GB VelociRaptor as well the Intel X-25M 160GB (G2) SSD I’ve used for the benchmarks.

For testing the WD 600GB SATA Velociraptor, I ran on it our usual testbed which comprises of an Intel Core i7 965EE @ 3.2GHz on an ASUS Rampage II Extreme motherboard, packing 3x 1GB Corsairs XMS3-1333 ram, a Kingston 64GB V-Series SSD running Windows 7 Ultimate; all of which is powered by a Corsair HX1000W PSU.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

  • Abbas Jaffar Ali

    Traditional HDs will continue to offer better price/performance in the next few years. The Velociraptor is pretty impressive with write speeds

  • Mansoor

    Yes i have one the old 300GB its still amazing and better than other Hard drives apart from SSD’s

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