Western Digital Raptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB HDD Review
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Today we will be taking an in-depth look at the newest drive in Western Digital’s arsenal, the Western Digital Raptor 1TB 10,000 RPM SATA 6Gb/s Hard Disk. The last iteration of this famous hard disk drive came in a 600GB size and was launched about 2 years ago. Most of you are aware that the Raptor Series of hard disks have been touted as the fastest consumer spinning disk drives on the planet because of the spindle speed of 10,000 rpms. Prior to SSD’s becoming mainstream the Raptor was THE performance drive and provided the end user a noticeable performance increase over the 7200 rpm mainstream drives.
While the Raptor is still considered a performance drive there is a huge performance gap between it and Solid State Drives with SSD’s having the performance advantage. With that in mind what Solid State Drives have not been able to offer yet is capacity at a price point that a lot of enthusiasts really want. The new 1TB Raptor Drive we are looking at today has capacity, performance and value all wrapped up in one package. Looking at Newegg we find the drive retailing for $329. Now that is at the high end of the scale when compared to other spinning drives of the same capacity. But, when you take a look at what an SSD in a capacity of 1TB costs (about $2000 if you can find one) the value starts to show.
The Raptor is considered a Workstation Hard Disk and along with being the best performing spinning consumer SATA drive on the planet the Raptor series of drives are well known for long term reliability and as such come with a five year factory warranty. This newest version (third generation) of the famous Raptor series has really upped the performance in comparison to the highly successful 600GB second generation flagship model, at least on paper. To confirm this performance upgrade we will be running the drive through a battery of benchmarks that will show us if the performance specifications translate to a new level of actual performance and if this drive is all it’s touted to be. This drive should really stand out performance wise in the world of spinning hard disks and as such we will be limiting our comparisons to strictly spinning hard disks.