Western Digital VelociRaptor (1TB) - Spin Me Right Round

Launch SRP: S$429

Test Setup

Test Setup

The drives were tested on our storage testbed, which has the following system specifications:

  • Intel Core i5-2400 (3.1GHz)
  • MSI Z68A-GD80 (Intel Z68 chipset)
  • 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600MHz memory
  • MSI GeForce 8600 GTS
  • Windows 7

The list of SSDs tested are as follows:

  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
  • OCZ Vertex 4 (256GB) (Firmware 1.5 Beta)
  • Transcend SATA III SSD720 (256GB) (Firmware: 5.0.2)
  • Kingmax SATA III SSD SMP35 Client (240GB) (Firmware: L0306)
  • Intel SSD 520 Series (240GB)
  • Intel X-25M Gen.2 (160GB)

Despite the new Western Digital VelociRaptor HDD being positioned as an enthusiast hard drive, we obviously don’t expect it to even come close to the performance levels of today’s SSDs. Key comparisons here will be made between the new VelociRaptor and the older model it replaces. Bear in mind however that the older model topped out at only 300GB, while the new model tested here is 1TB. This means the VelociRaptor drive has more physical sectors, and traditionally, this could negatively impact performance - if all else remained equal. However, with the advances made to the platter density, newer controller, SATA interface and increased cache, these aspects should be more than enough to show off the new drive's capability.

To keep things interesting, we’ve also included results from some of the fastest consumer-grade SSDs in the market today. This will give us a bigger picture of how much faster is an SSD when compared to an enthusiast-grade high performance mechanical HDD. We’ve also included results from an older generation SSD the Intel X-25M (Gen.2).

The list of benchmarks used are as follows:

  • AS-SSD benchmark 1.6.4
  • HD Tune Pro 4.6
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1
  • PCMark 7
  • PCMark Vantage
  • Iometer (version 2006.07.27)
The Good
Significant performance improvements over old VelociRaptor drive
Reasonable price
The Bad
SSDs are still very much faster
No accessories

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