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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Now it's time to find out if Western Digital's claims of improved performance on the updated Raptor are valid. Because of the enterprise target for this drive we've split our review into two parts, the first part is a rerun of all of the tests from our Raptor preview with the new drive. The second part will introduce a few more enterprise level tests and will focus entirely on server performance.
Our benchmarking methodology has already been outlined in our Raptor preview; we strongly suggest reading our one page discussion on hard drive benchmarks and how we're going to be doing things here on AnandTech before going any further with this review, it will help you in understanding the benchmarks.
Windows XP Professional Test Bed
Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz (Hyper-Threading Enabled)
Intel 850E Chipset
2 x 256MB PC1066 Kingston RIMMs
|Hard Drive (Boot)||
120GB Western Digital Special Edition 8MB Cache HDD
Image Sil3112ACT144 SATA Controller Card
|Video Cards (Drivers)||
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro (128MB) - CATALYST 3.1
A special thanks to Hypermicro for providing us with a number of the hard drives and controller cards for this review.