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Western Digital – Velociraptor 600 GB Hard Drive


Testing Platform

  • Chassis: LianLi PC-A77 Chassis
  • Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe
  • Power Supply: Kingwin MACH 1 – 700W
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.66 GHz
  • Ram: Corsair Dominator PC-12800 @ 1600 MHz
  • SATA 3 Card: ASUS U3S6 PCI Express 4x


  • HD Tune – Read
  • SiSoft Sandra
  • Crystal Disk Mark

HD Tune – Read

The Velociroaptor performed extremely well at max capacity. The max, min and average speeds of the drive were: 149.2, 88.3, and 124.6 respectively. The average access time was 6.99 ms and the burst rate for the drive was recorded at 259.0 MB/s. All this was done at 3.5% load on the CPU. When comparing these benchmarks with the ones to the raptor we reviewed a while back these were 122.6, 73.9, 100.6 MB/s respectively. The new drive yields an approximate 20 – 30 MB gain across the board over this old drive.

hdtune-read-600 HD_Tune
Velociraptor 600 GB (new) Velociraptor 300 GB (old)

HD Tune – Write

The new Velociraptor did not come up short in the writing department either. The max, min, average values are 147.3, 87.2, and 122.3 MB/s respectively. The average access time for the drive while performing writing operations came out to an astounding 2.43 ms. The burst rate for the drive came in at 249.9 MB/s at a CPU load of 3.7%.


HD Tune – File Access

The HD Tune – File Access benchmark also demonstrated the new drive’s performance to be superior in all aspects to those of the old drive. As can be seen in the pictures below, the 8192 KB chunks of a 64 MB file access speeds for the old drive barely scratch 90 MB/s while the new drive performance reaches well over the 150  MB/s mark. Same performance gains are also evident. At the 4 KB mark the read speeds for the new drive are approximate 50 MB/s while the old drive hovers around 35 MB/s mark.

hdtune-file-600 thumbs HD Tune File Benchmark Modifying the Seagate 1.5TB Hard Drive: Unleash the Hidden Performance Within
Velociraptor 600 GB (new) Velociraptor 300 GB (old)

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