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Western Digital Raptor 150GB 10K SATA Hard Drive

Author:  Artiom
Date:  2008.05.16
Topic:  Storage
Provider:  Western Digital
Manufacturer:  Western Digital

Western Digital Raptor 150 Gb 10K SATA Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 150 Gb 10 K

Western Digital Raptor 150 Gb 10 K


Hard drives are one of the major factors that limit the performance of your system. Even if you have a great CPU to process the information and a lot of fast RAM to store the information, that information first has to be retrieved from the hard drive before it goes anywhere else. This is where the Western Digital Raptor 10,000 RPM 150 GB Hard Drive comes in. This is one of the top of the line hard drives available from Western digital. This particular hard drive is special because unlike the traditional 7200 RPM hard drives, this one spins at 10,000 RPM which leads to significantly smaller seek times thus producing huge performance gains.

Western Digital Raptor 150 Gb 10 K Western Digital Raptor 150 Gb 10 K



Performance Specifications
Rotational Speed 10,000 RPM (nominal)
Buffer Size 16 MB
Average Latency 2.99 ms (nominal)
Start/Stop Cycles 20,000 minimum
Seek Times
Read Seek Time 4.6 ms
Write Seek Time 5.2 ms (average)
Track-To-Track Seek Time 0.4 ms (average)
Full Stroke Seek 10.2 ms (average)
Transfer Rates
Buffer To Host (Serial ATA) 1.5 Gb/s (Max)
Transfer Rate (Buffer To Disk) 84 MB/s (Sustained)
Physical Specifications
Formatted Capacity 150,039 MB
Capacity 150 GB
Interface SATA 1.5 Gb/s
User Sectors Per Drive 293,046,768



Testing Rig
Processor Q6600 2.4 GHz Overclocked to 3.510 GHz
Mainboard XFX 680i LTĀ 
RAM Kingston HyperX 9600 at 800 MHz
Graphics ATI - Radeon X550
PSU Kingwin Mach 1 700 Watt
Processor Cooling Bigwater SE Liquid Cooling

Hard drives, as well as other storage elements, can not have cut and dried performance benchmarks like processors. While testing processors, there are only a handful of comparisons upon which you could draw up your conclusion. It will always be the case, for example, that a Q6700 will outperform a Q6600 (processors from Intel) in almost all categories at out of the box speeds. Such is not the case with storage elements. While you will see that the Raptor 150 GB 10,000 RPM outperforms the Samsung 1000 Gb 7200 RPM in some categories, it will not be able to beat the Samsung in all tests.

Western Digital Raptor 150 Gb 10 K

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