It is clear that 10,000 rpm hard disk drives are way faster than mainstream 7,200 rpm drives. During our tests VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS achieved a burst transfer rate between 78% and 91% higher and an average transfer rate around 71% higher than the one achieved by Seagate Barracuda 7200.10. So we are talking about a really high-end hard disk drive.
Then we built a RAID0 system with two Barracuda 7200.10 160 GB hard disk drives â€“ a setup that costs 1/3 of the price of VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS and results in the same total capacity â€“ to see how the new VelociRaptor is compared to a RAID0 system built with two mainstream drives.
On SpeedDisk32 VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS achieved the same burst transfer rate as our RAID0 system, but on the other two programs we used this new drive from Western Digital was 87.22% (HD Tach) and 105.9% (HD Tune) faster than our RAID0 system.
VelociRaptorâ€™s average transfer rate measured by HD Tach and HD Tune, however, was the same as our RAID0 system. It was 23.24% higher on SpeedDisk32, though.
For the user that is building a high-end PC and money isnâ€™t a problem, Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS is a no-brainer: it is probably the fastest hard disk drive around for desktop PCs.
If, however, you are a user looking for a very fast hard disk drive for a gaming PC but you donâ€™t have USD 300 to spend on one, we recommend you to buy two mainstream drives and build a RAID0 array instead. It will provide you a great performance costing only 1/3 of VelociRaptorâ€™s price.