WD1500AD Raptor X-Tends Performance Lead

WD1500AD/Raptor-X Technical Data

Manufacturer Western Digital
Model Raptor WD1500AD and Raptor-X
Capacity 150 GB
Rotation 10,000 RPM
Design 2 Platters, 4 Heads
Cache 16 MB SDRAM
Interface Serial ATA/150, 1.5 GBit/s, Native Command Queuing
Avg. Access Time 4.6 ms read, 5.2 ms write
Weight 1.81 lbs (822 g)
MSRP $ 349.99 (Raptor-X) or $ 299.99 (Raptor)
Warranty 5 years

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If you are going to spend $ 300 on a hard drive, you might ask yourself whether the money wouldn't be invested better in buying a 400-500 GB hard drive running at 7200 RPM. Up to three times the storage capacity certainly is an argument that is worth considering, since the new Raptor looks pretty bad in terms of costs per gigabyte.

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  • MacSH
    Two 7200 rpm drives in raid0? Bah, I'll take my two raptors in a raid0 any day ... Holy lack of bottlenecks, Batman!