WD Caviar Black 2TB Review

By on November 24, 2011
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Big storage, great performance.

Good: High speeds due to SATA III, Silent operations, Goes to sleep to save power
Bad: Nothing, really; except that prices are overinflated due to flooding in Taiwan.
Price: AED 900 (inflated due to shortage)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

In the PC enthusiast community, SSDs and VelociRaptor hard drives are all the rage. High-end performance numbers is what everybody likes to see. And not only see, but feel the difference as well since everything suddenly speeds up with these fast hard drives. Meanwhile 5,400rpm HDDs of yesteryear are relegated to laptops; their primary usage is just data backup for many desktop users. But what of the modern day 7,200rpm HDDs? They’re still good enough right?

Well, Western Digital are here to prove that even with a capacity as high as 2 terabytes, their platters can easily spin at 7,200rpm and give you a great combination of high storage with respectable speeds. The 3.5” Caviar Black series is well known for their reliability and performance, and before the advent of VelociRaptor hard drives, anything above 7,200rpm was basically server grade hardware beyond the reach of normal consumers.

Of their entire lineup, the Caviar Black sits nicely in the middle of WD’s VelociRaptor 10,000rpm drives and Caviar Green 5,400rpm energy saving drives. The new SATA 6Gbps interface also helps improve overall performance, especially burst speeds.

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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.

  • Abc

    Bad: Nothing, really; except that prices are overinflated due to flooding in Taiwan.

    Correction is Thailand not Taiwan.

  • Kris

    It is not better, check 4K Random Reads, check access time with VRaptor and this drive. You’ve just tested it wrong…

  • Tom

    Burst speed is useless as this is read from cache not particularly from magnetic medium. Ehhhh

  • Magnus Nystedt

    Wouldn’t a sort of price/performance chart make sense? 

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