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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.

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