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Western Digital Corp. today introduced the world's only manufacturer-produced clear-top hard drive, WD Raptor® X. The unique 10,000 RPM Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives feature 150 GB capacity, 16 MB cache and Native Command Queuing (NCQ) for peak performance. WD Raptor X features a large clear lens embedded in the top through which the read and write action of the drive's head and disk assembly can be viewed while the drive delivers data, audio and video content and games to PC. WD Raptor X 150 GB (model WD1500AHFD) hard drives are expected to be shipping in volume this quarter on the company's online store. Estimated retail pricing for WD Raptor X is $349.99 USD. I must say that new Raptor X hard drive is awesome, just look at the pictures here. There's even video and 3D view.


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Wow. This actually quite crazy. Cause I still think the 36 gigger was enough. All you really need is your OS on it, maybe a game or two, and whatelse? I got the 74 just to be safe.

Edit: I totally missed the bigger and earlier thread.
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That is pretty cool,but honestly how often will you acually be able to see into the hd case.Every pc case Ive seen the hd's are still stacked in a little cage with no chance of seeing the top of the hd.
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mod the case to have the hd mounted to the top with a hole cut into it. That would be sweet, put some leds into the hdd window. *drool*
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You guys are missing the key factor here.....16mb cache! I'd love to see some benchies on that monster!
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My question is: Why isnt it SATAII? If any drive could take advantage of the extra bandwidth, it would be this drive.
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Originally Posted by sccr64472
You guys are missing the key factor here.....16mb cache! I'd love to see some benchies on that monster!
Your wish is my command:
http://www.storagereview.com/article...500ADFD_1.html
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post #8 of 10
Hi To all,
Storage Review has a complete review of this hard drive. I ranks very high when compered to SCSI drives and beats all SATA/PATA drives.
www.storagereview.com
I hope this feeds the need for knowledge!
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Originally Posted by SoaDMTGguy
My question is: Why isnt it SATAII? If any drive could take advantage of the extra bandwidth, it would be this drive.
From the Storage Review article:

"Like the server-oriented Caviar RE2, the Raptor features a standard first-generation 150 MB/sec interface rather than the 300 MB/sec conduit found on many newer units. WD feels that electronics capable of negotiating at 300 MB/sec are sufficiently proven for its standard consumer-oriented drives but not quite mature enough to mate with enterprise-class products. The firm indicates that this may change as the relevant ICs continue to develop. For the most part, of course, a 150 MB/sec or 300 MB/sec figure simply represents a ceiling, a bandwidth figure that today's speediest drives, including this new Raptor, have yet to approach. "
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post #10 of 10
Hi BlueCow,
You beat me to it!! Good job! :-)
Sorry to all for the double posting of the link...
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