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Western Digital ratchets up performance and storage capacicty with its latest Raptor.

Western Digital has developed quite a following in the enthusiast community with its first and second generation Raptor hard drives. The next generation Raptor was announced today with a storage capacity of 150GB.  The new drive shares the same 10,000 RPM spindle speed and average seek time of 4.6 ms with its predecessors while also offering up 16MB of cache and a native SATA-150 interface (instead of a PATA to SATA bridge) with NCQ.

The drive is currently available from Western Digital's online store for $299.  If you care to see how the new drive performs, you can check out a review of the new Raptor at Storage Review.

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Not such a bargain
By Lifted on 1/5/2006 1:09:09 AM , Rating: 2
I can't understand how they think they are going to compete with SCSI when a 10K SCSI drive can be found for $320. For that extra $20, you get real server class performance as well as the possibility of upgrading to 15k if needed. You also get to use quality SCSI and RAID adapters, not to mention you choice of servers is far greater with SCSI backplanes.

RE: Not such a bargain
By Marlin1975 on 1/5/2006 10:30:04 AM , Rating: 2
A LOT more then $20.

I can get 4 of these and any new Nivida, Via, etc... motherboard can run these in raid 1+0 or even 5 in some cases now with no extra hardware. To just RUN a single SCSI drive you need a scsi card and then if you want raid thats gonna cost ya... :)

Your only looking at 1 part of the picture. And to be fair, I run a 15k scsi drive myself.

RE: Not such a bargain
By retrospooty on 1/5/2006 11:38:22 AM , Rating: 2
Uhh... Most people dont want SCSI. They have SATA, and want higher performance. The Raptors give that. That is why they sell so well.

If you still cant figure it out, just look at the absolutley phenominal sales of the first 2 Raptors. Especially considering the cost per megabyte was way WAY higher than any of the competition at the time. (this means more profit for WD).

RE: Not such a bargain
By nomagic on 1/5/2006 1:35:23 PM , Rating: 2
Really? I thought server market is where the money is. Raptor's popularity resides within the DIY/enthusiasts market, which is relatively small compared to the server market. This is also why WD, back out from server market a few years ago, is eager to establish Raptor as the budget-friendly alternative to SCSI based hard drives.

Just my 2C

RE: Not such a bargain
By retrospooty on 1/5/2006 6:02:28 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, true.... but the server market is full of stiff competion. The enthusiast market is where the Raptor has had great success. There really isnt any competion for them there at all.

RE: Not such a bargain
By Lifted on 1/6/2006 5:17:15 AM , Rating: 2
Let's be real. "Great success" in the DIY market means like .0001% of the server market. My original comment was in regards to Seagate wanting to compete in the server segment with raptor, if you still cant figure it out.

Cost coming down....?
By Marlin1975 on 1/4/2006 1:29:42 PM , Rating: 2
Of course maybe they will update the 74gig version and also reduce the price.

I still can;t believe no one else is offering a 10K Sata hard drive yet. They juts keep making them bigger. OK, I don't need 400gigs of storage space for my ahh work files yea thats it works files... I have a girl friend. :)

Right now I have a Maxtor 15K scsi hard drive (36gig) for boot and a 120gig for burning movies, music, games, etc...

RE: Cost coming down....?
By retrospooty on 1/4/2006 2:03:53 PM , Rating: 2
WD got out of the high end SCSI market. That is why they concentrated thier high performance on SATA.

Seagate Maxtor (quantom) and all the others have thier high margin drives on SCSI, no need for them to invest in anything different. WD found a niche and cashed in. =)

RE: Cost coming down....?
By android1st on 1/8/2006 2:08:34 AM , Rating: 2
Maaan, having a cheaper version of this in a smaller capacity would be the best thing ever. No one needs 150 Gb for a boot/games drive, and if I could RAID a pair of smaller drives with updated performance...
Also, why is WD so slow to update the Raptor? (no Sata 2, etc) There's a new Caviar model like every other month... I guess us DIYers get the shaft since we're only a small bit of the market but still... WD should show us more love. Just... because. It's good karma, maybe.

Still Serial ATA 150?
By RMSistight on 1/4/2006 3:56:23 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't mind buying this drive or any Raptors. But my only gripe is that it's only SATA 150 and now SATA 300. They should be able to push out SATA 300 by now with higher transfer speeds.

RE: Still Serial ATA 150?
By Orbs on 1/4/2006 3:58:20 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think it's going to be bandwidth limited, I think the drive is still limited by seek time. It outperforms a bunch of SATA 300 drives (and so do the older raptors) in certain scenarios.

RE: Still Serial ATA 150?
By retrospooty on 1/4/2006 4:31:33 PM , Rating: 2
Not even with RAID0 will any current hard drive be faster with SATA 300 over 150. Its like PCIe x16, its future bandwidth potential that is not taken advantage of yet.

Would love an AnandTech article...
By Orbs on 1/4/2006 3:57:11 PM , Rating: 2
I'd love an AnandTech article that compares this to some other drives of similar or larger sizes.

Also, it would be very interesting to see how this performs in a RAID setup (with and without NCQ). I don't think there have been any multitasking benchmarks on any hardware site that takes into account Dual Core CPUs, RAID and NCQ.

By bob661 on 1/4/2006 6:27:59 PM , Rating: 2
I would like to see something like that also.

By retrospooty on 1/5/2006 12:36:03 AM , Rating: 2
Not exactly an Anandtech article, but these guys are good, and have been testing and reviewing hard drives for many years.

By Discord on 1/4/2006 12:47:42 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone know the platter count/densities?

RE: Platters?
By NoToRiOuS1 on 1/4/2006 1:06:32 PM , Rating: 2
it says it in the article.
74gb per platter
2 platters

and it seems it offers a good performance boost from the previous gen raptors. pretty cool. not that ill be going for it anytime soon though...too pricey. ill stick with my 36gb raptor for the time being. it is more than adequate for me.

looks good
By Missing Ghost on 1/4/2006 12:00:36 AM , Rating: 2
2$/GB isn't that bad. And I suppose that the price will go down a lot, so we may see 1,5$/GB. Not too bad, but I admit that I wouldn't buy that.

Bring on the 10k notebook drives
By NFS4 on 1/4/2006 12:02:03 AM , Rating: 2
What I wouldn't give for a 10,000RPM hard drive in my laptop.


By Assimilator87 on 1/4/2006 11:01:27 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe I'll get like 4 of these and RAID them.

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