New Level Raptor In The Works

"Speed will be the name of the game for the next-generation Raptor"

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New Level Raptor In The Works
Western Digital's Raptors have long been heralded as the fastest "normal" desktop hard drives available due to their 10,000 RPM spin speed. Over the years, WD has been slowly improving the line, primarily in the storage department, with each successive drive doubling the storage space of its predecessor.  Well now they are going to have a new primary improvement focus: speed.
It has been learned that Western Digital is hoping to double the speed of the Raptor to a blistering 20,000 RPM. That's not all. Western Digital is being ambitious, aiming to hit another golden point for hard drives: silence.  As owners of previous versions of the Raptor know, silencing 10,000 RPM drives is not easy, much less 20,000.  The answer looks to lie within the housing of the drive.
Much like the recently released Velociraptor, this next-generation drive will be of the 2.5" form factor housed within a 3.5" frame.  Considering the 10,000 RPM Velociraptor isn't quite silent, it is clear the housing design will have to be tweaked in order to cope with the drastic speed increase and meet WD's goal of silence.
Obviously, this drive looks to be a last ditch effort to fend off the ever-evolving solid state drive (SSD) in terms of performance and silent operation.  No word has been given on a release time frame or price range, as the drive is still in development.  Still, there is little doubt that this drive will cost a pretty penny.
Will this new level of Raptor be able to show SSDs who's boss?
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06-06-2008, 09:02:17

Its a attempt to save power. Under load the CPU will clock itself back up to full speed, idle it will revert to the x6 multi.

06-06-2008, 16:07:14

personally i dont think it is worth it

06-06-2008, 16:19:16

I went from a Q6600 to a E8500 and gaming wise it made no difference but as for multitasking the quad wins out in my view,also depends on what your using it for(gaming,net,photoshop,benching etc).

Im impatient so i like having lots of things going on at once hence why ive gone back to a quadcore in the shape of a QX9650 :worship:

09-06-2008, 07:25:10


and the intel quad core is only 3 cores technically if im correct :)

where did you get that little gem of information?!

09-06-2008, 15:22:16


the intel quad core is only 3 cores technically if im correct :)

I think you have that mixed up with the fact that the first core is named Core 0 and so on..

Either that or im missing something. :p

09-06-2008, 16:25:16

Overclocking as said before is the best option.
And no, Intel's Quads are not technically 3 cores, they consist of two dual cores put into one chip.
This is why you have cache x 2.

12-06-2008, 14:34:39

I hear that one core is used to decide what the other cores are doing, im probs wrong but I heard it from somewhere

12-06-2008, 15:01:06

Go shout at the guy you heard that from. ;)

12-06-2008, 17:15:51

:o loloolol

14-06-2008, 07:00:24


I have a Core 2 Duo E6750 and I is it worth it to upgrade to a Q6600 quad core?

Many Thanks!
Bondi :p

If you can do the things I can do in 3ds max, then you need quad core.

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