It's cheaper without the installed sunroof
Subject: Storage | June 15, 2006 - 02:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Raptor WD1500 ADFD drive still is not cheap, at ~$250 for a 150Gig drive. As The Tech Report discovered though, with the new firmware on these newer models, they can actually out-perform the earlier windowed models.
"For those with no desire to spend countless hours staring at the Raptor X's drive head dart back and
forth across the platter, Western Digital makes the Raptor WD1500ADFD. This drive lacks a window, but
otherwise, it's mechanically identical to the Raptor Xâ€”same spindle, cache, platters, and
theoretically, performance. The WD1500ADFD also sells for roughly $50 less than the Raptor X, making
it even more tempting for enthusiasts looking for a speedy storage upgrade.
Thanks to identical internals, we can expect the WD1500ADFD's performance to at least match that of
the Raptor X. But how much faster are these Raptors than the best 7,200-RPM desktop drives on the
market? Can they keep up with Seagate's latest perpendicular Barracuda 7200.10? Read on to find out"
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
RAID Card Shootout @ ExtremeTech
- Plextor PX-755SA 16x SATA DVD Burner @ ClubOC
- A-DATA my Flash USB
Fingerprint Disk 512MB @ HEXUS
NexStar DX 5.25" External Enclosure @ hi-techreviews.com
- Plextor PX-760A
18x DVDÂ±RW @ CDRLabs
- OCZ Ultra-Slim 1GB Mini-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Virtual-Hideout
Barracuda 7200.10 750GB HD @ HotHardware.Com
- Price Guide, June
2006: Storage @ AnandTech
- Western Digital 500GB My Book Pro Edition HDD @ DailyCE.com
- Crucial Gizmo! overdrive
Flash Drive @ 3dGameMan
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