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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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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.

http://www.storagereview.com/articles/200601/WD1500ADFD_1.html


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