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Fotis
12-22-05, 02:59 AM
According to www.behardware.com (http://www.behardware.com/news/lire/21-12-2005/#7915) Western Digital will launch its new 150GB Raptor HDD in January with SATA2 support and 16MB buffer.Its price will be 319€/$.(cheers)

I bet Jackup buys two for RAID!(xmasgrin)

jAkUp
12-22-05, 03:02 AM
16MB buffer! Holy **** that thing is gonna own :D I'm getting it for sure!

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=547187&postcount=43

Finally! :D

Salamandar
12-22-05, 03:23 AM
That's too much....319 Euro!

muaddib
12-22-05, 07:09 AM
That's a performance beast. OMG.

retsam
12-22-05, 02:01 PM
yawn....cough SCSI ..cough cough..

jAkUp
12-22-05, 06:35 PM
Cheatah FTW :D

mullet
12-22-05, 06:55 PM
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MrSavoy
12-22-05, 06:59 PM
(cheers)
Nice fracking drive .(xmasgrin)

wheeljack12
12-22-05, 07:03 PM
a couple of questions. One, when they sata 2 does that refer to NCQ/TCQ or is that 300mb/sec with NCQ? Two, do the drives spin 10k rpm like the 1st raptors? You have 300mb/sec, NCQ and 10k rpm, I am there.

jAkUp
12-22-05, 07:54 PM
The drives are 10kRPM's just like the older ones.

The biggest boost is the 16MB buffer, this will give a very nice performance lead over the 74GB raptor. SATA2 offers NCQ as well as the 300MB/sec cap.

superklye
12-22-05, 08:11 PM
whoa...these sound AWESOME, but $2+/GB? That's REALLY pricey... :-\

ViN86
12-22-05, 08:46 PM
what an awesome drive (xmasgrin)

MtViewGuy
12-22-05, 09:52 PM
Very nice but you better have a big power supply because you KNOW this new drive is going to a power hog. :thumbdwn:

Riptide
12-23-05, 12:39 AM
Noowhere near as bad as SCSI drives nor video cards for that matter.

Bad_Boy
12-23-05, 12:33 PM
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=994791
There will be two different models of the 150GB version, and possibly an updated 74GB version. The model numbers are:

WD1500ADFD = Server version
WD1500AHFD = Gamer version, also know as Raptor X

Physical Specifications
150 GB

Formatted capacity - 150,039 MB
User sectors per drive - 293,046,768

SATA latching connector - Yes
Bytes per sector(STD) - 512
Form factor - 3.5-inch
Interface - SATA 1.5gb/s
RoHS compliant - Yes


Performance Specifications

Average Latency - 2.99ms
Cache
Read - Adaptive
Write - Yes
Data transfer rate (buffer to host) - 1.5 Gb/s (maximum)
Rotational speed - 10,000 RPM
Seek time
Read - 4.6 ms (average)
Write - 5.2 ms (average)
Track-to-track seek
Read - 0.3 ms (average), 0.6 (maximum)
Write - 0.4 ms (average), 0.75 (maximum)
Warranty - 5-year

So, what the difference between the two? Tough to say, although firmware optimizations would be the most obvious thing. It also appears the "Server version" will have NCQ, TLER, and RAFF, similiar to WD's other RAID edition drives like the WD4000YR.

The Raptor X will be marketed to gamers and computer enthusiasts it seems - oh and it will have a clear lense:

------------
From the secret performance labs at WD comes the revolutionary WD Raptor X SATA hard
drive, the first ever drive with a view. Offspring of the immensely popular WD Raptor, fastest
SATA drive on the planet, WD Raptor X focuses a large, crystal-clear lens on the drive to let you
see into the inner workings and witness the drive in action.
Sounds simple? It's not. With over two years of research and development behind it, the
WD Raptor X is engineered to compromise nothing. At 10,000 RPM spin speed it
delivers the killer speed of its illustrious parent, doubles the capacity to 150 GB, and
provides enterprise-class reliability. This is the ultimate hard drive for PC performance
enthusiasts everywhere.

Damn that sounds nice. I just hope the price is nice. :x
:O

MrSavoy
12-23-05, 12:41 PM
It sounds awesome but the real question is....how much real world performance difference is there between one of thses and the 74g raptors so many of us already have? I'm not talking sandra benchies, mind you.(rudolf)

sirplayalot
12-23-05, 01:01 PM
Dibs on jAk's 74gig if he wants to get me a christmas gift! (xmasmile)

(xmassign) (cheers)

MrSavoy
12-23-05, 01:06 PM
Dibs on jAk's 74gig if he wants to get me a christmas gift! (xmasmile)

(xmassign) (cheers)

lol (cheers)

jAkUp
12-23-05, 01:17 PM
It sounds awesome but the real question is....how much real world performance difference is there between one of thses and the 74g raptors so many of us already have? I'm not talking sandra benchies, mind you.(rudolf)

With a 16MB buffer, it should be huge. Remember 7200 RPM drives with 16MB's are nearly reaching the raptor in speeds.

MrSavoy
12-23-05, 01:23 PM
With a 16MB buffer, it should be huge. Remember 7200 RPM drives with 16MB's are nearly reaching the raptor in speeds.

Thats a good point, dam now I want one. (snowman)

superklye
12-23-05, 01:30 PM
Wow...and it looks like it's actually 150GB after being formatted and such. That's badass!

fastguy94416
12-23-05, 01:38 PM
150GB=153600 MB

so... not quite

superklye
12-23-05, 02:02 PM
150GB=153600 MB

so... not quite
:( So misleading...

GlowStick
12-23-05, 02:20 PM
Wowzers. That window dose sound cool however i think ill have to pass and get 2 of the server versions.

Its unfortuante that i orderd a second raptor for raid0 and its gonna get replaced so soon.

Riptide
12-23-05, 02:29 PM
The lens/viewport thing is a gimmick. Cool but still a gimmick.

Looks interesting but if I had to guess I'm thinking probably $250 for a Raptor X. So not exactly cheap.

As far as being faster I'm sure it'll be a bit faster. 50% faster than current Raptors? I seriously doubt it.