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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD WD3000HLFS
WD VelociRaptor Features
WD3000HLFS Specifications
Closer Look: WD VelociRaptor
Drive Testing Methodology
Random Access Time Benchmark
Basic IO Bandwidth
Random Access IOPS Tests
I/O Response Time
Linear Bandwidth Speed
Sequential Performance Tests
Buffered Transaction Speed
Storage Media Final Thoughts
WD VelociRaptor HDD Conclusion

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.

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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.

Pros:Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award

+ Fastest desktop hard drive available
+ 130 MBps read and write performance in ATTO Disk Benchmark
+ 5-Year product warranty with advance exchange available
+ Impressive I/O performance keeps up with some SSDs
+ Excellent price to performance ratio
+ IcePack tray helps to manage operating temperatures

Cons:

- Expensive enthusiast HDD product
- Soon to be replaced with SSD technology
- IcePack tray removal voids warranty

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 8.50
  • Value: 7.75

Final Score: 8.75 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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# not satisfiedprasanth 2010-02-16 20:06
speed is good i am happy with it but the storage capacity is not as i expected
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# Not Satisfied eh?Josh 2010-05-01 16:56
you bought a 300gb but expected a 1tb eh?

This review said it all, it's the best HD on the market right now and its price still beats SSD's - but not for long, I'd expect that by the end of 2010 they will be very nearly neck and neck
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# RE: WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD WD3000HLFSPete 2010-05-10 00:24
Not Satisfied. Strange comment by Prasanth: 300GB gives you 300GB! Surely you did not expect more storage capacity? I have found the drive to be very impressive "in normal use" and a very acceptable alternative to the (presently) too-expensive top of the range SSDs. Josh is spot on!
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# RE: WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD WD3000HLFSlol? 2010-05-29 22:12
ssd's beat raptors for price vs performance a long time ago lulz.
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# TechEmad 2011-01-30 06:21
This drive should be great but it dies
I installed six of this drive on three servers with two mirrored on each. After one month one of then died. And after six months another one died. Good thing I had them mirrored.
I got the first one replaced and will have to replace the other one.
So be prepared.
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# Re VelociRaptor and SSD'sforwards 2011-10-26 13:38
Well here we are at the end of 2011 and still waiting for that SSD price fall and still paying in excess of the $2.00/GB here in Australia. Also newest SSD failed after four days with bad sectors. Wonder if S.M.A.R.T.Reporter is actually the right tool to monitor SSD's.
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# COOLHungarian 2011-11-07 09:33
I have a WD3000HLFS (bought end of 2008, or 2009, don't remember), and I statisfied. No any problems, the speed is enough, the capacity sufficient for the all day usage.

VIVA WD VelociRaptor :-)
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# RE: WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD WD3000HLFSjames braselton 2012-07-16 17:17
hi there wii has 512 mb ssd wii u 8.5 gb ssd xbox 360 slime 4 gb ssd ps3 ultra slime 16 gb ssd xbox 720 will be using the 10,000 rpm veloci-raptor 2.5 inch 250 gb hard drive playing halo at 10,000 rpms will be alwsoume if microsoft next gen console woth next gen hard drive then 20,000 rpm veloci-raptor then a laser velociraptor at 50,000 times 20,000 rpms thats 10,000,000 rpms hard drive then a hybride 20,000 rpm hdd/ssd/laser hdd 20,000 rpm hard drive solid state with laser too the veleci-raprtors petabytes per second read write speeds
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