|WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD WD3000HLFS|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 28 July 2009|
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Closer Look: WD VelociRaptor
Most would agree that the large "IcePack" heatsink tray attached to the Western Digital VelociRaptor looks just as cool as it performs. But the downside to permanently placing a 2.5" hard drive in a 3.5" tray is that you've just cut out the largest growing market segment of computers: notebooks.
It's great to know that Western Digital offers a 5-year warranty on the entire Raptor/VelociRaptor series, but removing the IcePack unit will cut this to zero.
Western Digital offers the VelociRaptor in 150- and 300GB capacities. For our tests in the past, the 150GB version served well. For this performance review, the 300GB WD3000HLFS model will be used for benchmark testing.
The WD VelociRaptor is the last remaining high-performance hard drive product on the desktop storage market segment. Performance Enthusiasts have several choices available to them, but high-capacity storage devices are quickly catching up with the Raptor/VelociRaptor's 10,000 RPM spindle speed performance by adding larger cache buffer DRAM amounts.
While competing Hard Disk Drive products feature 32MB cache buffers, WD held firm to 16MB for the VelociRaptor. The previous generation of Raptor HDDs used a standard-size magnetic platter, but the new VelociRaptor improves response time with a smaller 2.5-inch (64 mm) platter. Unfortunately, the WD VelociRaptor does not offer perpendicular recording technology like that found on other Western Digital storage products.
Without sounding bias towards SSD technology, which is difficult to avoid considering our healthy selection of articles on the topic, our 300GB VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS hard drive will be compared and contrasted to the competing product space. Benchmark Reviews knows both HDD and SSD technologies inside and out, so this article should offer fair judgment of strengths and weaknesses as we head into our testing section.