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Old 11-06-2012, 07:15 AM   #1
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Default WD VelociRaptor 600GB 10K Hard Drive...$99.99 w/free ship!!

Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136555

$99.99 w/free shipping, no promo code needed.


Lowest price i've ever seen on a 600GB 10K drive.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:23 AM   #2
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it is a good drive for clones.


I had 2 in this case.


http://www.sansdigital.com/towerstor/ts2ct.html
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:13 PM   #3
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It's a good compromise between performance, price, and capacity. I have the 450GB version and am quite happy with it. Truth be told, if you have lots of RAM + Win 7 + use hybrid sleep, there isn't really much disk activity aside from restarts. This makes the price/capcity of SSDs not worth it in my mind.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:24 PM   #4
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I used to love Raptor drives, and I'm still toying with the idea of getting one for mass storage, but be aware that this particular drive is the previous generation model, not the new drive released in April of this year. The current gen have 64MB cache, while this one has 32MB.

Still, it's a good deal for what it is, a new generation top of the line 1TB Raptor runs nearly $300, so this is probably a better value.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:42 PM   #5
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Aw, no one is buying Raptor drives anymore now that SSDs are becoming more accessible.

Poor WD. Guess the insane markups have to come down now, huh?
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:49 PM   #6
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AnandTech review of 1TB VelociRaptor (has benchmarks of 600GB VR as well as other HDDs)

At this price, almost makes sense. 1TB WD Black drives are $110. Cheapest 1TB 7200RPM drives are $70. If someone wants something fast but needs more than 256GB, this would be a compromise over a 512GB SSD.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:59 PM   #7
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WD should have put some flash onto the latest Raptor and made it into an amazing hybrid drive. Instead, they just keep inching their way up on the stats instead of making the changes people actually want.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:26 PM   #8
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At this price, almost makes sense.
Yup. It would make a good Steam drive. Having had a Raptor in the past I can say that it can make a big difference in games that have in-game loading.
This brings the Raptor down into "affordable mass storage" price range, while SSDs are over three times the price of this per GB.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:37 AM   #9
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I did purchase this to replace my current steam drive.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:20 AM   #10
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Any idea how 2x velociraptors performs vs 2x hybrid drives? (both being RAID0)

Seagate Momentus XT STBD750100 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Solid State Hybrid Drive

+$60 price difference, but you're getting an extra 300GB + 8GB NAND memory
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