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150gig Raptor Bling Bling!

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Last response: in Storage
January 9, 2006 6:12:42 PM

More about : 150gig raptor bling bling

January 9, 2006 7:01:30 PM

Excellent. Can't wait for some benchmarks. Doubt I'd upgrade though. It would have to put the 74GB to shame.
January 9, 2006 7:37:57 PM

Wow, I could watch it spin for days
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January 9, 2006 7:38:06 PM

Looks nice but it's just for show.

The marketing people are at it again. :-|

Semper Fi carry on
January 9, 2006 9:20:20 PM

storagereview has a review. It's definitely an improvement. Shows gains of 20%.
January 9, 2006 9:22:43 PM

I meant the window is just for show.

The drive really is faster.

Not as fast as a U320 15,000RPM drive but faster than previous raptors.
January 9, 2006 10:03:10 PM

I saw a pre-release benchmark showing it was fastest in gamer worktstation environments than a 15k SCSI, but not in server apps.
January 9, 2006 11:29:28 PM

It is faster than the 15K SCSI's but not in server apps.

There are two versions being released. The standard raptor and the raptor x which has the fancy case.
January 10, 2006 2:19:04 AM

correction, even the 74gig Raptor beats 15k rpm SCSI drives in desktop environments.
January 10, 2006 5:53:14 AM

Any spec info? Like whether it will have a 16MB cache or suppport NCQ? Or if it'll do SATAII?

January 10, 2006 6:33:48 AM

Rotational Speed 10,000 RPM (nominal)
Buffer Size 16 MB
Average Latency 2.99 ms (nominal)
Contact Start/Stop Cycles 20,000 minimum

Seek Times
Read Seek Time 4.6 ms
Write Seek Time 5.2 ms (average)
Track-To-Track Seek Time 0.4 ms (average)
Full Stroke Seek 10.2 ms (average)

Transfer Rates
Buffer To Host (Serial ATA) 1.5 Gb/s (Max)
Buffer To Disk 72 MB/s (Sustained)

Recommended Configuration Parameters
Number of Heads (Physical) 4

Physical Specifications
Formatted Capacity 150,039 MB
Capacity 150 GB
Interface SATA 150 MB/s
Actuator Type Rotary Voice Coil
Number of Platters 2
Bytes Per Sector 512
User Sectors Per Drive 293,046,768
Servo Type Embedded

Physical Dimensions
Height 1.028 Inches (Max)
Length 5.787 Inches (Max)
Width 4.00 Inches (+/- 0.010 inch)
Weight 1.81 Pounds (+/- .10 lb)

Height 26.1 mm (Max)
Length 147 mm (Max)
Width 101.6 mm
Weight 0.822 kg (+/- .082 kg)

Environmental Specifications
Operating Shock (Read) 65G, 2 ms
Non-operating Shock 250G, 2 ms

Idle Mode 39 dBA (average)
Seek Mode 0 46 dBA (average)

Temperature (English)
Operating 41° F to 131° F
Non-operating -40° F to 149° F

Temperature (Metric)
Operating 5° C to 55° C
Non-operating -40° C to 65° C

Operating 5-95% RH non-condensing
Non-operating 5-95% RH non-condensing

Altitude (English)
Operating -1,000 feet to 10,000 feet
Non-operating -1,000 feet to 40,000 feet

Altitude (Metric)
Operating -305M to 3,050M
Non-operating -305M to 12,200M

Linear 10-300 Hz, 3.0G (0 to peak)
Random 10-300 Hz, 0.008 g² / Hz

Low Frequency 10-300 Hz, 0.195 inches (double amplitude)
High Frequency 300-500 Hz, 5.0G (0 to peak)

Electrical Specifications
Current Requirements
12 VDC
Read/Write 470 mA
Idle 375 mA
Standby 18.75 mA
Sleep 18.75 mA

Read/Write 875 mA
Idle 938 mA
Standby 488 mA
Sleep 450 mA

Power Dissipation
Read/Write 10.02 Watts
Idle 9.19 Watts
Standby 2.66 Watts
Sleep 2.48 Watts
January 10, 2006 12:13:08 PM

**taps wusy on shoulder**
Did ya see where the 150gig and 74gig Raptor ravages the 15k SCSI drives ;) 

Seriously, SCSI drives do better on a large database multi-user environment, this is true due to faster i/o's and good transfers.
But if your 500gig drive is 3/4 full with small files and backups, even a desktop user can feel the lag of Raptors, and large database management is SCSI's forte, not loading F.E.A.R...
January 10, 2006 8:49:17 PM

A 16MB cache should help a bit. I'm still a little disappointed they're continuing to use SATAI. The Raptor's come frightengly close to exceeding the 150MB/s SATAI sometimes.

January 10, 2006 9:38:01 PM

70MB sustained transfer is what counts, up a couple of MB from the 74gig model... Doesnt really matter much what it does in a nanosecond...
January 10, 2006 9:44:53 PM

Well then good, since the Raptors trump in that arena also...
but I thought you were into boasting about size in centimeters, when everyone else uses inches???
January 10, 2006 10:40:16 PM

A 16MB cache should help a bit. I'm still a little disappointed they're continuing to use SATAI. The Raptor's come frightengly close to exceeding the 150MB/s SATAI sometimes.


From what I read (I can't remember where), they are sticking to SATA I because the IC level electronics involved are a little more mature, and they don't quite need SATA-II yet. However, as soon as that changes, they supposedly plan to release a SATA-II version (we shall see...)
January 10, 2006 10:54:08 PM

**pats wusy reassuringly...**
Yes, that is an arena that SCSI server drives stand out from the crowd, and a reason for WD to tune the drives as to keep them from outperforming thier counterparts in order to maintain profitablity.
[/But in non-server environoments, ones like workstations, office PC's and gaming rigs, the Raptors are faster for most uses...]
January 11, 2006 1:47:57 AM

I like to ride mine hard an rough! :wink: