The new Velociraptor dukes it out with SSDs.
For comparisons we’ve used the original Western Digital 300GB SATA II VelociRaptor, Kingston SSDnow 64GB V-Series and Intel X-25M 160GB (G2) SSD. The results comprise of tests run using ATTO Disc Benchmark and HD Tach.
For those of you still wondering what the magical SATA 3 speed would’ve been, on our Gigabyte P55A-UD7 motherboard we got an average Read speed of 136MB/s and Write speed of 115MB/s; negligible performance increase.
As you can see the write speeds of the 600GB VelociRaptor are quite incredible compared to these SSDs, with burst speeds being equal across the board. For a real world test, I also ran World of Warcraft: Cataclysm on the hard drives. Patched up to 4.0.3a with a total file size of 33.7GB, Cataclysm is one demanding game. The load time between hitting “Enter World” (once I was logged in) to actually getting in to Stormwind city was an impressive 11 seconds on the 600GB VelociRaptor. Comparatively the Intel 160GB SSD ran it in 12.5 seconds.
For what it’s worth, the Western Digital Velociraptor SATA 3 600GB hard drive maybe targeted towards a niche audience, but its performance/price ratio makes it good enough that anybody who wants to upgrade from a regular HDD should definitely go for this beast. Yes, it’s obviously not as fast as SSDs when it comes to sequential read times, but do you honestly have files huge enough that require reading at such high speeds? In both synthetic benchmarks and real world performance, the 600GB VelociRaptor provides exceptional performance. It works to about $2.2/GB for a comparative SSD while the Velociraptor comes to $0.46/GB. At the end of the day, you have to decide how deep your pockets go and what level of performance you’re happy with; and the new Western Digital VelociRaptor SATA 3 600GB HDD is certainly worth it.