Big storage, great performance.
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.