Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB reviewed

10,000 RPM drives with higher capacity

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Introduction

The primary storage device in your PC is pretty important. Do you want the best performance? Then you'll obviously go for an SSD. Do you need a lot of storage space? Then the best choice is a traditional hard drive. But what about if you really need both, lots of space that you can quickly access? Now your choices are less clearcut. A 512GB SSD can easily cost £500. There are even one terabyte SSDs, but we're not going to waste your time with their (exorbitant) prices.

Western Digital has had a best-of-both-worlds solution for many years now. The WD Velociraptor hard disks perform significantly better with their 10,000 RPM than conventional 5,400 RPM or 7,200 RPM drives. While it doesn't quite approach SSD-like performance, the price per gigabyte is much more appealing than with an SSD.

Until now the largest Velociraptor available was the 600GB version. This week Western Digital launched three new models with capacities of 250GB, 500GB and 1TB. Especially the last one is very interesting since it almost doubles the storage space of the previous top model.

The new Velociraptors should be available May 1, according to Western Digital. The new Velociraptors should be available May 1, according to Western Digital. The pricing will be around £110 for the 250GB model, £145 for the 500GB model and £220 for the 1TB model. If we focus on the top model, then the price per gigabyte is roughly a quarter of what it would cost with the cheapest SSDs.

Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB
Western Digital Velociraptor 1TB 

Specifications

The new Velociraptors are almost indistinguishable from their predecessors. Again we have 2.5-inch disks that can be put in 3.5-inch slots thanks to the IcePack adapter. The three new models all use a SATA 600 interface and come with 64MB cache. Running at 10,000 RPM combined with the high-density data of the small 2.5-inch disks ensures very good performance, according to Western Digital. Of course we will put this claim to the test!


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