|WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD WD3000HLFS|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 28 July 2009|
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WD VelociRaptor HDD Conclusion
Not every product we test here at Benchmark Reviews receives a warm conclusion, complete with happy ending and high recommendations. Fortunately, the WD VelociRaptor has just enough perk still going for it to benefit gamers and enthusiasts. Price and capacity are the two biggest reasons to choose a VelociRaptor over any of the current-generation SSD products, with performance becoming somewhat less comparable with each new generation of Solid State Drive products. Still, these key reasons are very good selling points that contrast the drawbacks of SSD technology.
While the 300GB VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS model is the highest-capacity 10,000 RPM SATA hard drive Western Digital offers, it takes a steep departure from the median price of other HDDs. Considering the costs, a $229 model WD3000HLFS VelociRaptor sells for more than twice the price of their 1TB Caviar Black WD1001FALS. Clearly, the storage capacity argument is a double-edged sword; especially when you compare against high-capacity HDD products. Solid State Drive technology offers a very different perspective, however. Although the closest SSD in price and capacity is the Super Talent MasterDrive OX for $589, the closest price-comparable SSD is the recently-introduced OCZ Agility that offers a 60GB SSD for $199. In other words, there just isn't a SSD product that can directly compare (yet).
Let's use some basic math to compare the capacity to prince ratio for the 300GB WD VelociRaptor against a 256GB Super Talent MasterDrive OX. The VelociRaptor factors to only $0.76 per gigabyte, whereas the least-expensive SSD with a similar capacity costs a hefty $2.30 per gigabyte. If you're willing to sacrifice capacity then there are SSDs for as low as $2.07 per gigabyte, but even despite the performance gains there's a huge deficit in cost. Obviously the WD VelociRaptor delivers considerable storage capacity and decent performance for a price that SSD products cannot compete with.
Touting a five-year warranty helps to position the WD VelociRaptor ahead of most other storage products, even though the high operating temperature of these disks is sure to cause many continuous-use systems to make use of this promise. Having first-hand experience with Western Digital's warranty service, I can safely say that they offer post-sale customer and warranty care second to none. Western Digital even offers an online interface to check the status of a WD product warranty.
Because Hard Disk Drive technology is so mature, there are nearly no issues with VelociRaptor in terms of compatibility or firmware functionality. Western Digital delivers industry-leading quality and construction in all of their products, and the premium high-performance VelociRaptor series is the end-result of years of industry experience.
Based on the current condition of the desktop storage sector, it's still very much a hard drive heavy world. While SSD technology will undoubtedly replace HDDs one day, the 300GB Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 10,000 RPM SATA Hard Disk Drive resists the tide of change for at least a short while longer. The affordable cost to capacity ratio put the VelociRaptor ahead of SSDs by a long-shot, while the impressive bandwidth performance speeds still top every other desktop Hard Disk Drive storage solution available. For gamers and performance enthusiasts on a measured budget, the WD VelociRaptor is an exceptional drive with plenty of value.
+ Fastest desktop hard drive available
- Expensive enthusiast HDD product
Final Score: 8.75 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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