Western Digital's Raptor - Part I: The World's Fastest Desktop Driveby Anand Lal Shimpi on March 11, 2003 7:46 PM EST
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With write caching enabled and with the production level optimizations present in the drive's firmware, the Raptor is now the fastest desktop drive we've laid our hands on. This is a side effect that Western Digital wasn't really shooting for, but it is a result of the physical characteristics of the drive and Western Digital's extensive experience in producing high-performing desktop drives. Right now, the Raptor is absolutely the only performance-oriented reason to migrate to Serial ATA.
From an enterprise standpoint, we're going to hold off on making any sort of conclusions until we get a better idea of the overall performance of the Raptor in server environments. We're hard at work at translating our other SQL database tests into I/O only traces as well as new web server tests, stay tuned for our continued coverage on the Raptor...