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WD's 600GB, 6Gbps Velociraptor launches today

WD's 600GB, 6Gbps Velociraptor launches today

Western Digital's latest VR600 10,000RPM Velociraptor hard disk has a SATA 6Gbps interface and up to 600GB in storage capacity

Despite the rampant development of solid state storage, Western Digital's next generaiton Velociraptor hard drive, the VR600, launches today. Built on a SATA 6Gbps interface, this 'enterprise' drive comes with double capacity platters but still has a 10,000RPM spindle speed - despite the reports two years ago that it was working on a faster 20,000RPM drive.

The website specs states that capacities will range from 150GB to 600GB, with a doulbing of cache to 32MB, and will be available in both 2.5in and 3.5in form factors - however WD states that these are not suitable for notebooks. In the spec sheet WD claims it "Consumes less idle power and uses similar active power as the previous generation WD VelociRaptor", however if we check the details versus the old drive the idle is 200mW lower, but offset by a greater 120-720mW increase in power when active.

The quoted 145MB/s transfer rate might not be that impressive on paper - especially for a SATA 6Gbps disk - and versus SSDs mechanical drives can never really catch on random I/O, however in the price per GB it still commands a considerable advantage and with SATA port multipliers used in enterprise solutions - that 6Gbps interface might actually be useful.

"WD announced today that it is now shipping WD VelociRaptor 450 GB and 600 GB hard drives, the next generation of its 10,000 RPM SATA family of hard drives. The new WD VelociRaptor hard drive is designed for blade servers, high-performance PCs, Mac computers, professional workstations, as well as 1U and 2U rack servers that require a balance of high performance and capacity."

Without SAS (Serial Attached SCSI), that 'enterprise' stamp seems a little odd. WD has dropped any sign of "PC enthusiasts' favorite" from its more recent marketing and is firmly concentrating on those in need of performance storage but with some considerable space requirements. We questioned WD about SAS, and it claimed there would be an option on future models.

It's not the only 2.5in 10,000RPM drive out there though - Seagate's Savvio, which also features the same 6Gbps interface and 600GB capacity, has SAS included, so apart from the Velociraptor brand name we think WD is fighting an uphill battle.

Are you still considering a Velociraptor as a system drive? 600GB should be plenty of space for a massive Steam account and certanly cheaper than an equivalent SSD, but on the other hand, is it too little, too late for WD? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Picarro 6th April 2010, 13:16 Quote
Oh look, an aging dinosaur!
l3v1ck 6th April 2010, 13:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Picarro
Oh look, an aging dinosaur!
+1
If I want outright speed, I'll buy an SSD. If I want storage, I'll buy a large cheap HDD.
This drive fails at both of those.
B3CK 6th April 2010, 13:36 Quote
They didn't send BT a drive early for performance testing? Shame on WD. Unless you have to wait to disclose the review.
AcidJiles 6th April 2010, 13:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by l3v1ck
Quote:
Originally Posted by Picarro
Oh look, an aging dinosaur!
+1
If I want outright speed, I'll buy an SSD. If I want storage, I'll buy a large cheap HDD.
This drive fails at both of those.

But an SSD is at the moment far too expensive for a decent one so if you want anything inbetween then this is the best alternative.
Anfield 6th April 2010, 13:42 Quote
Small SSD + 2TB Mechanical drive ftw, faster, more capacity for storage and less noise.
kenco_uk 6th April 2010, 13:42 Quote
2nd para - 'doulbing' - doubling.
V3ctor 6th April 2010, 13:44 Quote
Toms hardware made a review of it. Can't Bit-Tech get one of these? What I saw, is that as a storage hard-drive is fast as hell... The price is still too high, if they get their price to 200€ the 450gb it would be great :)
enciem 6th April 2010, 13:52 Quote
I had one of the older 150gb Raptor drives and while it was fast the noise was unbearable. I'd reckon the new will be the same so I'll wait until the SSD's come down in price.
Ph4ZeD 6th April 2010, 13:58 Quote
Just read the Anandtech review. Random write 4KB performance was 20 (yes twenty) times slower than my SSD. This is just polishing a turd, nothing more.
Platinum 6th April 2010, 14:19 Quote
Very tempted, I can have my OS and Steam installed on it :D
HandMadeAndroid 6th April 2010, 16:11 Quote
epic fossil
trig 6th April 2010, 17:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ph4ZeD
Just read the Anandtech review. Random write 4KB performance was 20 (yes twenty) times slower than my SSD. This is just polishing a turd, nothing more.

mmmm....polished turd....

huh what?
Redbeaver 6th April 2010, 17:12 Quote
so how much are they anyway?

are they really that much cheaper than SSD?

last I checked a velociraptor im so disgusted with the price, i bought 2x320gb drives for less than half the price and put them on RAID-0......

even enterprise-wise, id rather put a SAS drive...
theflatworm 6th April 2010, 17:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by trig
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ph4ZeD
Just read the Anandtech review. Random write 4KB performance was 20 (yes twenty) times slower than my SSD. This is just polishing a turd, nothing more.

mmmm....polished turd....

huh what?

What are you whating about? Seemed perfectly understandable to me...
Ross1 6th April 2010, 19:28 Quote
Seeing as a 600GB SSD is going into ludicrous amounts of money, a faster than average hard drive isnt totally obsolete yet. If you have a lot of uncompressed video to process, its still possibly your best option.
knyghtryda 6th April 2010, 19:31 Quote
160gb SSD + 2TB HDD = ~$500-$600. 600GB Raptor? Maybe $500. I'd go with the 2 drive option any day.
HourBeforeDawn 6th April 2010, 19:45 Quote
Whatever happened to WD idea of a 20k Raptor to compete against SSD lol in reality its possible but they would probably need to water cool that beast =p At the same time I have to admit its cool seeing a 600gb Raptor but it certain is most likely a last ditch effort before they give up on that side of the storage market and embrace the SSD side.

I would like to see a head to head comparison with this drive and the Seagate's Savvio, and maybe a similar matched SSD and then compare price to performance to storage.
PureSilver 6th April 2010, 19:52 Quote
Why don't they just apply the Velociraptor name to SSDs?
HourBeforeDawn 6th April 2010, 20:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by PureSilver
Why don't they just apply the Velociraptor name to SSDs?

Oh I bet they will once the HDD side is dead or about dead.
confusis 6th April 2010, 20:22 Quote
hmmm - too little too late
Skill3d 6th April 2010, 20:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by PureSilver
Why don't they just apply the Velociraptor name to SSDs?

they'll probably call it Tyranosexosaurus or somethin like that
dec 6th April 2010, 21:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skill3d
they'll probably call it Tyranosexosaurus or somethin like that

TRIM lacking SSD's = failosaurus
serial_ 7th April 2010, 01:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by enciem
I had one of the older 150gb Raptor drives and while it was fast the noise was unbearable. I'd reckon the new will be the same so I'll wait until the SSD's come down in price.

?? Mine's silent as ****.
knuck 7th April 2010, 02:11 Quote
mmm

what about the Wester Digital RaptorJesus SSD


http://membres.multimania.fr/sifer1/raptor-ssd.gif
The_Beast 7th April 2010, 03:34 Quote
Why are they wasting R&D on 20,000RPM drives when SSD are clearly the future
HandMadeAndroid 7th April 2010, 03:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghys
mmm

what about the Wester Digital RaptorJesus SSD


http://membres.multimania.fr/sifer1/raptor-ssd.gif

lolz
docodine 7th April 2010, 03:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Picarro
Oh look, an aging dinosaur!

Quote of the month :-D
Bindibadgi 7th April 2010, 04:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by B3CK
They didn't send BT a drive early for performance testing? Shame on WD. Unless you have to wait to disclose the review.

Gizzus a chance! In typical fashion the UK gets left behind the US where Anand and Toms always get hardware offers from WD before a product release. We got offered one when they annouced it - today. As much as WD like us, the US HQ seems to ignore past its boarders, despite my previous complaints on the contrary. Oh well.
Santa-san 7th April 2010, 10:42 Quote
Think I'll get myself one of those :)
impar 7th April 2010, 10:54 Quote
Greetings!

Waiting for the 300GB and 150GB versions.
The 600GB and 450GB are too expensive.
kenco_uk 7th April 2010, 12:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by kenco_uk
2nd para - 'doulbing' - doubling.
knuck 7th April 2010, 15:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Gizzus a chance! In typical fashion the UK gets left behind the US where Anand and Toms always get hardware offers from WD before a product release. We got offered one when they annouced it - today. As much as WD like us, the US HQ seems to ignore past its boarders, despite my previous complaints on the contrary. Oh well.

or the WD RaptorGizzus

awesome
Omnituens 7th April 2010, 16:21 Quote
I have the 300GB Velociraptor drive, currently my Steam drive. Quiet and fast, person next to me at i39 was annoyed because he had put BC2 on an SSD using NTFS Junction and I was still outloading him into maps :D
Ph4ZeD 7th April 2010, 16:44 Quote
He must have a crap SSD then because the raptor gets pretty much owned by SSDs.
Omnituens 7th April 2010, 16:52 Quote
Or he screwed up the junction (which is the more likely option)
Dark Matter 22nd April 2010, 23:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Anfield
Small SSD + 2TB Mechanical drive ftw, faster, more capacity for storage and less noise.

This is what I may be heading towards too
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