WD VelociRaptor 600GB SATA 6Gbps Hard Drive Review

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The Test System

SATA 6GBps Marvell 91xx SSD Test System

Before we look at the numbers, here is a brief glance at the test system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. All benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. The Intel Core i7 test system was run in triple-channel memory mode at 1600MHz with 8-8-8-24 memory timings. The ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard was run using all the latest drives and BIOS 0702. The ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard uses the Intel ICH10R south bridge chipset, which we used to run our ‘boot drive’.  The boot drive used in our test system was an Intel X25-V 40GB model with TRIM enabled. We then used the Marvell 9123 PCIe SATA 6Gbps controller that is on the motherboard to test the SSDs and HDDs that are used in the benchmark charts. All of the SSDs and HDDs were tested in a fresh, out of the box (FOB) state and the system had the latest firmware installed on it when testing was done.

SATA 6GBps Marvell 91xx 1031 Driver

The Marvell 9123 SATA 6G Controller was tested using driver version 1.0.0.1034, or 1034 for short.  This driver is said to be the first Marvell driver able to pass the TRIM command from Windows to the drives.

Intel LGA 1366 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Core i7 920

Motherboard

ASUS P6X58D Premium

Memory

6GB Kingston HyperX T1 1600MHz

Video Card

ATI Radeon HD 5670

Hard Drive

Intel X25-V 40GB

Cooling

OEM

Power Supply

CoolerMaster UPC 1100W

Operating System

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit

SSDs Included in the Benchmarking:

  • Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB –
    Firmware 0001
  • OCZ Vertex 2 Pro 100GB – Firmware
    232A11F0
  • OCZ Vertex LE 100GB – Firmware
    1.0
  • OCZ Vertex 120GB – Firmware 1.5
  • Intel X25-M G2 160GB  – Firmware
    02HD
  • Toshiba THNS256GG8BBA 256GB – Firmware AGYA0201
  • WD SiliconEdge 256GB – Firmware 5.12
  • WD VelociRaptor 300GB – Firmware 04.04V01
  • WD VelociRaptor 600GB – Firmware 04.05G04

Detailed Information on the WDC WD6000HHX-01JJPV0 HDD:

Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB HDD Test Drive

The Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB HDD operates on the ATA8-ACS standard and has features like S.M.A.R.T. and APM (Advanced Power Management) and NCQ according to Crystal Disk Info.

Let’s take a look at the benchmarks and see what the WD VelociRaptor 600GB HDD has to offer!

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