WD Raptor 160GB 3.0GB/s SATA 10,000RPM HD - Anyone try it yet?

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  1. asencif macrumors 6502

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    I just saw this new Raptor drive posted on newegg.com. I know there is a 300GB version coming out, but this might be less expensive for a dedicated boot drive and looks like it will fit on MP drive bay. Of course I'm not sure, so anyone like to share their thoughts or knowledge or this drive?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136216
     
  2. echoout macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I'm using as my system drive. Works fine. Very snappy.
     
  3. asencif thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cool. When did this drive actually come out? Did you by any chance own a Raptor 150GB 1.5GB/s drive and test this drive against that?
     
  4. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    They sure snuck this baby in under the radar...what I really want is a standard size 300gig raptor. If they can do it in a 2.5in drive, you know they can make it in a regular form factor. Probably with better heat displacement too.
     
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    I've always read that 10K drives are really loud, compared to their 7K counterparts. I value silence over speed. Is the 10k drive loud?
     
  6. m1stake macrumors 68000

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    RAID0 destroys the Raptor any day. Just back up.

    2 500GB WD drives are $100 - $120, RAID0 them for 1TB of space and more speed than a raptor could ever hope to have.
     
  7. Frozonecold macrumors 6502

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    Not necessarily RAID 0 will lower your already higher seek time. Raptor drives however have very low seek times and low latency, which makes them far faster than RAID0.
     
  8. xraydoc macrumors 604

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    This drive isn't new... Its the OEM version of the 150GB Raptor.
    The retail versions are 150GB; Western Digital produced (produces) a special version for Dell and perhaps others at 160GB. Take a look at Dell's website and configure an XPS tower - you'll see the 160GB 10,000RPM option.
     
  9. asencif thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How is it the OEM version when there is an OEM version itself of the 150GB Raptor drive on newegg? It's possible that it could be the 160GB customized for Dell, but the 150GB and 160GB have different specs.

    Raptor 150GB SATA 1.5GB/s 10,000RPM - 169.99 OEM price or Retail version on sale at BB

    Raptor 160GB SATA 3.0/GB/s 10,000RPM - 149.99 OEM price
     
  10. xraydoc macrumors 604

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    Yes, its a special version made for Dell.
     
  11. aibo macrumors 6502

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    this drive is not new. from wikipedia:
    WD1600ADFS 2006 160 GB 16 MB Native SATA NCQ Initially HP/Dell-exclusive; now retailed
     
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    WD Raptor 160GB 3.0GB/s SATA 10,000RPM HD - Anyone try it yet?

    I haven't tried it yet because it doesn't exist.
    its actually called:
    WD Raptor 160GB 3.0Gb/s SATA 10,000RPM HD

    If you didn't know that 3GB/S is actually 10 times faster than the drive really goes, which 3Gb/s = 300Mbps.
    Capital B is overstating what it really is.:(
     
  15. disconap macrumors 68000

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    I played with one in a friend's Mac Pro. I tried booting from his OEM hdd and the Raptor. Leopard booted a little faster, but otherwise I didn't notice much of a difference. If you're doing video, it's a great alternative to having to go with ultra-scsi, but otherwise not worth the increase in cost/lower drive size IMO (in comparison to another 160gb, sure, but in comparison to a 750gb 7.2Krpm? The increase is barely noticeable)...
     

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