The new Velociraptor dukes it out with SSDs.
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.