Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB SATA600

  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB SATA600
85
Based on 22 scores, 57 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    10
  • Good:
    8
  • Average:
    2
  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • Silent operation.
  • Really fast.
  • Much more reasonably priced than SSD.

Cons:

  • SATA 3 speeds are barely faster than SATA 2.
  • Sequential read speeds still almost half of SSD.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Tbreak.com on 80

Back in the day, ok, about 2 years ago, when everybody was stuck with 7,400 RPM hard drives in their PCs, it was Western Digital who rocked the market with their first VelociRaptor SATA hard drives running at 10,000 RPM with 32MB cache. While...

By Motherboards.org on -

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By Overclock3D on 80

The "which drive" conflict has raged for a long time. The self-same people who thought the original VelociRaptor was too expensive for the tiny capacity then moved on to complaining how Solid State Drives are too expensive for their tiny capacity.As...

By ITP.net on 80

Our WD6000HLHX drive is the latest update and brings the maximum capacity up to 600GB. (Its predecessor topped out at 300GB.)Retailing for US $329 or $0.55 per gigabyte the VelociRaptor is an expensive buy. WD's own 7200rpm 1TB Black Edition drive...

By Bright Side of News on -

The Western Digital Velociraptor is the fastest hard drive we have currently reviewed and it still proves that in many cases, hard drives are still faster than SSDs and the ever increasing size of SSDs still has not matched that capabilities and...

By TechwareLabs on -

After taking a look at all these benchmarks we come to a single question: Is the hefty price tag of $260 really worth the gains? This depends on what exactly you are looking for. SSDs will offer better performance, but at the $260 getting a good one...

By Bit-tech.net on 60

You’ll notice during our performance analysis that we’ve specifically not compared the VelociRaptor to an SSD, and this is because, while they're both forms of high-performance storage, we don’t feel the two can be fairly compared....

By Tech ARP on -

The original Western Digital VelociRaptor 300 GB was a much-vaunted breakthrough in hard drive technology. Its combination of two high-density platters in a small form factor and a super-fast spindle speed not only delivered blistering seek times,...

By PCWorld New Zealand on 85

Face it, it’s hard to get excited over hard drives. That is, until one becomes the bottleneck in your video-streaming server or gaming machine. I’m always subjected to far longer load-screens than I’d like; while I’d love to go...

By Atomic MPC on 96

Huge storage space, very nice performance, only $0.72 per usable...

By PCWorld India on 83

The Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB hard drive has great specifications and performs well too. However the value proposition seems doubtful since it addresses neither the "performance at any cost" niche nor the "give me low-cost storage" markets....

By PCWorld on -

At 10,000 rpm, the Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX drive certainly spins faster than the competition. But do faster rotations per minute translate into faster performance? VelociRaptor drives have been out for two years; PC World Labs tests,...

By DigitalVersus on 100

The pack of "VelociRaptors" First appearing as the Raptor, these 10,000 rpm WD drives became VelociRaptors as of the 150 GB version (WD1500HLFS). The 300 GB WD3000HLFS has the same tech spec as that one. The HLFS' have 16 MB of cache memory...

By Motherboards.org on -

There’s a fine line between buying an SSD drive and buying a fast HDD of the same general size. The rule of thumb is that you can potentially buy 4 or even 5 Western Digital Velociraptor drives for the price of a single 512GB SSD drive. Or...

By TechRadar on 80

Western Digital's answer to SSD speed is its spinning platter hero, the VelociRaptor, and now it's got capacity too with 600GBs of storage space.Want storage performance though? Get an SSD.Sounds simple, but there is a snag. Solid state drives...

By Computer Shopper on 78

Affordable SSDs and hybrid hard drives steal some of its thunder, but this drive packs tons of speedy storage and impressive write speeds for far less than similar-capacity SSDs....

By Maximum PC on 90

A much-needed refresh for WD's flagship speedy drive For years, if you wanted the speediest consumer hard drive you could get your hands on, you went with a 10,000rpm Western Digital Raptor. Its first incarnation, released in 2003, was a 37GB...

By SmartComputing on -

The fastest consumer hard drive just got a little faster. The latest VelociRaptor—a 2.5-inch drive with a 3.5-inch heatsink around it—is up to 22% speedier at reading data, according to our in-house tests. It’s also up to 8% faster...

By ComputerPowerUser on 70

The new VelociRaptor further redeems itself with its enterprise-class reliability technology—it can theoretically withstand about 12 times more power cycles now. Really, if you need to add a mass storage unit to a rig with an SSD boot drive, especially...

By Good Gear Guide on 80

The WD VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX is a blistering fast hard drive that will suit high-end gaming rigs and multimedia PCs. At 600GB, it also provides reasonable bang for your buck....