It's cheaper without the installed sunroof

June 15, 2006 - 02:01 PM |
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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 X—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"

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