Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB Hard Drive Review

 
 
 
Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB Hard Drive rated 100% KICKASS by 3dGameMan.com

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Western Digital VelociRaptor hard drives have always been fast and this one is no exception. The Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB Hard Drive interface is SATA 6 Gb/s (Gigabits per second), has a capacity of 600GBs, a rotation speed of 10,000 RPMs, a 32MB buffer size, power consumption is 6.2W while being accessed and 4.3W when idle, the noise level is 30dBA to 37dBA and comes with a 5 year warranty.


 

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Anonymous

i believe velociraptors are a waste of money. the new series of caviar black sata III have almost the same results.

Anonymous

whats better this on a hp 15000rpm ultra320 scsi hdd?

Anonymous

He never mentions the average seek time.

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shurely gonna be my next buy.......

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I don't see the point of buying this hard drive, especially if your budget is low. If you need a velociraptor for your system, 600gb is way too much, better opt for a 150gb one. If you need a hard drive for storage, this is too expensive, a samsung F3 1tb is much better for storage.

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Anonymous

Nice review Rodney, but I'm missing the information in this video that SATA 6Gb/s is SATA III. I know that SATA III is the 6Gb/s version but people who use that video to look if they may get that HDD and don't know about all the specs they will may be confused. It would just take a couple of seconds to mention that 6Gbs is III.

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Can you review the new cheetah I want to know if its faster then the raptor.

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What is the point of these kind of hard drives these days? SSD's are a lot faster, they have less GB but that will change soon. Also WD is coming with a 6TB drive soon.

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SSD are fast, but when it comes to massive amounts of reads/write, like for example video editing work, I'd still take a regular HDD over a SSD. At the moment, SSDs fail quicker for this type of use. This will be resolved and theres's no doubt that the future is solid state type drives.

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What.. no sound test or did it fall into your main rig and closed the side panel before that could happen? lol

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Its the best Hard Drive on the marked!

My 2c is:

One smal VelociRaptor for youre OC, and a 300Gb or 600Gb for youre programs/games!

It`s fast :)

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Anonymous

It might be fast, SSD is faster and cheaper.

"One smal VelociRaptor for youre OC, and a 300Gb or 600Gb for youre programs/games!" that would remove any point of a VelociRaptor

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SSDs might be faster but for 600 you can get 2 of these which is about the same price as a 256 gb ssd.

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Sure GB/Price HHDs wins over SSDs but ..

A setup like this would probably win.

 

Kingston SSDNow V-Series 128 GB OS

2x WD Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640 GB RAID0 DATA

Price (2658 DKK) 

 

2x WD VelociRaptor 600GB Hard Drive RAID0 OS/DATA

Price (4.068 DKK)

 

Now the noise level is lower with SSD setup over the VelociRaptor, on the price point the VelociRaptor Loses big, the SSD setup costs about 65% of the VelociRaptor.

 

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Im not so sure if I like this. I think I would rather an SSD

Anonymous

Ok read/write result, whats the random read/write results?

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I hardly see the point of having one of these drives... especially a 600gb one.. i doubt anybody is going to need ultra high speed access to all the data that can be stored on such a drive. 7200rpm drives serve the purpose of storage just fine, its more worth it to have a 1tb 7200rpm drive and 150gb velociraptor (or ssd) (for OS, apps etc).  

Just my 2c.

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When you are doing video editing, these types of drives can be a HUGE time saver for your raw video read/writes...

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ye that is true. I do a good amount of video editing myself, although i dont feel that my hard drives are a limitation since i use different hard drives for reading from and writing to etc. Still, faster is always better with these things xD

Anonymous

A few questions,

Will these drives still work on a SATA 2 system ?

if so,

How do they compare in performance to the older SATA 2 Raptors if ran on SATA 2 system ?

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Yes, SATA 3 is backward compatible.

I hope to do a Q&A video on a this drive vs. 2 older raptors soon.

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not worth the money...

Anonymous

Question: How can you give it "100% kick-ass" when its slow then a SSD not to mention it uses more power and is a lot more nosier and cost the same or more?

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SSD are fast, but when it comes to massive amounts of reads/write, like for example video editing work, I would still take a regular HDD. At the moment, SSDs fail quicker for this type of use.

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Noise? power usage? try a nice videocard then!!!

Anonymous

You compare WD HD to a Videocard? I compare WD HD to SSD so yeah noise and power usage.

Anonymous

I loved and owned the original Raptors in their day, but with SSDs becoming affordable I don't see the point in these drives any more. I don't think the life of SSDs is too bad, and if you're doing encoding or downloading or whatever else you should be doing that to a regular mechanical hard disk to begin with where the speed is not a bottleneck.

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Good review. Think I will research one of these rather then saving up for way to long to get SSD one.

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Probably not as fast as a good SSD and makes the noise of a Demon possessed blender. All the same I'd hit it in my rig.. Gee, what does that say about me? lol

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What do you mean by good SSD? I haven't had a SSD that would not break down after a month or two when used for video encoding and editing. Most manufacturers tell you that when used 24/7, it will break down very soon. 

Looking forward to the review unfortunately those WD beasts cost 265 Euros so I'm going to stick to my 3x 640 Black Edt. Raid 0 (about 135 Euros), for now :).

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I said, "Not as fast as a Good SSD." Nothing more can be said about that statement. Unfortunately there are many Not Good SSD's. It will take many years before these SSD's are made more reliable. Then again I've had a WD Raptor die after a few months and they have a 5 year warranty. The new SLC SSD's have a lifetime of 100,000 complete write cycles in comparison to the old MLC which has a lifetime of 10,000 write cycles.

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Does this mean you would favor a SATA III Raptor over the Crucial SATA III SSD?

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Just depends. I don't trust these new SSD's with anything important, but then again not with HDD's either. As Rodney once said, "Backup Backup Backup." I don't see any reason not to have one or the other or both for that matter. :)

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Yea, those WD 640's are the best bang for the buck HDDs on the market ATM.

Anonymous

Come on wat kind of question is that its obviously 10,000

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How is this obvious to anyone that's no familiar with the HDD?

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Anonymous

What is the rpm of this hd? Thanks.

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This HDD has a very fast rotation speed of 10,000RPM :)

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Zoom out a bit more. 

Also enter the text :)

Anonymous

was wondering if the hdd is hardwired into the heatsink or does the heatsink have a normal sata power+data port that just extends its to the proper position on a 3.5"

Anonymous

Move comments back to YouTube.

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Anonymous

VelociRaptors used to be small (not enough GB). Now that there's a 600GB version it's COOL. 1 problem though: SSD

Anonymous

I'm thinking of getting this for my next upgrade (After my i7-980X and Asus Rampage III Extreme.)