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[Anandtech] Another review of the WD VelociRaptor

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We are actually not going to come to any conclusions yet on what appears to be a very impressive piece of engineering work from Western Digital. The VelociRaptor VR150 is indeed a huge leap in design - and in certain cases, performance - over the original Raptor. While the two drives share a common 10k RPM design, everything else about the drives, sans the warranty and black paint, is different.

Sometimes changing too much leads to disaster, but in this case, we are glad that Western Digital burned the Raptor blueprints and started over. The 2.5" form factor, low power consumption, and excellent acoustics will be appreciated in the enterprise market where saving money on energy and storage footprints are extremely important now, or should be. In a nod to the enthusiast sector that made the original Raptors kings of desktop performance, Western Digital did not leave us out in the cold, but instead provided the IcePAK chassis for our 3.5" form factor case requirements.

Our only problem at this point is that we could not complete our review. The early firmware problems caused havoc in our application benchmarks, so much so that we left out several results, as we knew the drive should perform better. Our comparisons against entry-level SAS drives suffered the same fate. Yes, the drive was extremely fast in IOMeter and other tests we ran, but we did not trust the results at this point. We expect new firmware and a new drive shortly and will finish our review at that time. Until then, this is one dinosaur we would not want to mess with.
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Sweet HDD. I think that within the next year or so 10,000 rpm hard drives will become the norm instead of being a toy for enthusiasts.

A little OT, but I hate Anandtech because of the roll-over pop up ads that always get in the way. It is the reason I stopped frequenting [H]ardForum and [H]ardOCP. If OCN ever goes that route I'm not sure what I would do.
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Sweet HDD. I think that within the next year or so 10,000 rpm hard drives will become the norm instead of being a toy for enthusiasts.
Extremely doubtful. Seagate says they won't do 10K RPM desktop drives. Fujitsu needs to focus on their mainstream drives. Besides, Raptors have been out for 4-5 years now and no one bothered to release more 10/15K RPM drives. Besides, most enthusiasts don't have Raptors today due to the price/performance and lower storage space.
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I doubt it will become a norm, but it would be nice if it did!
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They seems pretty solid drives, im prett disappointed with the performance, but the size is awesome for case mods.
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