WDC Raptor

I am thinking about ordering the Western Digital Raptor. Does anyone have it? What kind of improvements and Proformance i can expect?

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  2. I did. I didn't find any personal experiences with it.

    Did you try the search function so see if my question was even answered using that method. I dought it. As I always say too many blind leading the blind.

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    Couple of interesting posts I've found using search. If it isn't numbers your looking for you should have mentioned that. I've got 2x WD Raptors in RAID 0 and I love it. I'm thinking thats what you wanted to hear.

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    What kind of improvements and Proformance i can expect?

    That made me believe all you wanted are numbers, which has been posted quite a few times already.

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  4. I purchased a WD raptor to replace my failed 60GXP drives (in RMA process). Let me tell you, one raptor is faster than 2 40 gig 60GXP drives running RAID 0. I'm very happy with it. I will buy another eventually to stripe it with my current.
  5. You may want to wait, there is a higher capacity coming out soon.

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  6. Thanks guys for your responces. I already purchased it and am very, very happy with it. All the stores I called said they were sold out! These drives are selling like hot cakes.

    Now about the drive –
    I can install XP in 15 minutes! Before it took 40 mins (that includes from booting the cd to clicking to start menu with 7200RPM sata drives). Over all system performance has increased. I gained 10+ fps in Unreal Tournament 2003 and in total Annihilation no loading screens and no lag after a 4 hour game, but best of all in Battlefield 1942 with both expansions that is no lag with max detail and 40+ people playing (before it could get unplayable so I was always around 30-20 people). This product kicks some major arse. Just wish they had a higher capacity out now. Oh well October is around the corner. Go WDC!


    PS - I cant wait for the other Hard drive company’s to come out with their versions (if they do). Competition is the best way to go.


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  7. I'm new to SATA and I would like to get a Raptor. I don't need a large drive and I want to use it for everyday use (ie gaming) and need more speed than my current HD. My MB doesn't support SATA, so I would need a controller card. Would a Raptor be a resonable choice?
  8. I'd say the raptor with a SATA controller would be quite expensive. I'd rather buy a cheaper (but still quite fast) WD800JB (or equivalent) and spend the rest of the money on other components (graphics card, faster CPU, faster or more memory). Depends of course on what you have and how much you have to spend.
  9. I was looking at the controller cards review...here...and the cards using the Silicon Image looked pretty good, and the cards on pricewatch.com were around $40. Although I am new to this, so I could be wrong...
  10. hello everyone, i just bought a raptor and its screamin fast. For those of you looking for controller a card and an SATA drive purchase the box version of WD raptor ( it includeds a SiiG controller card, SATA cable, floppy w/drivers, etc. ) they go for about $189-$209. I've come across a few OEM raptor drives running as low as $139-$159 and with the extra $40 or so u can purchase a decent controller card, so it totals out pretty close. PPL looking into purchasing the raptor with no onboard SATA should go retail box, u pay a few dollars more maybe less but look at it this way, i think you get a 3 or 5 yr warranty on the drive compared to a 1 yr warranty on an OEM product.

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