Raptor Successor: Western Digital announces the Velociraptor - PCGH was on site
For years Western Digital's Raptor was the only SATA harddrive to run with 10,000 rotations per minute. Now there is a successor: Please welcome the Velociraptor!
"When will there be a bigger Raptor?” This was one of the most frequent questions we ever were asked. And not only we but also Western Digital was more or less under siege by players searching for high-speed harddrives. Even server operators think that the Raptor is an alternative to expensive SAS drives.
What's so special about the Raptor? Well it is the only harddrive for sale that runs with 10,000 rotations per minute - a speed only server hardware with SCSI or SAS connection is able to reach. But recently conventional devices caught up and despite fewer rotations overtook the Raptor in access timings and data transfer. Another disadvantage was the size limited to 160 Gigabyte. So it is time for a successor.
The Velociraptor: Bigger but smaller
No one is surprised that the successor of the Raptor would be bigger but it also gets smaller. The capacity is increased to 300 Gigabyte (279 GiByte) while the dimensions shrink from 3.5 inches to 2.5 inches. This is especially interesting for the server market, where it is necessary to put as many devices as possible into a single rack. But the Velociraptor is not suitable to be used in notebooks since its height is six millimeters to big.
Western Digital names the Velociraptor the fastest SATA harddrive of the universe. A reputation the device has to confirm as soon as we receive a sample. You will find benchmarks and pictures in the gallery below.