Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB SATA Hard Drive

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The Test System

Before we look at the numbers, here is a brief glance at the test system that was used.

The Test System

All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit. All benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. All of the modules were run in dual channel mode with a 120mm fan placed on top of them to keep them cool. The XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB used NVIDIA ForceWare 169.28 video card drivers and the ASUS P5E3 motherboard using BIOS version 1009, which was the most recent available when testing was done.

Memory Settings:

  • 1333MHz @ 7-7-7-20 (DDR3) with 2.0V

Here is the Intel X38 Express Test platform:

Intel Test Platform



Live Pricing


See Above LGA775 CPUs


ASUS P5E3 Deluxe


4GB Corsair DDR3 1800C7

Video Card

EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 512

Hard Drive

Western Digital RaptorX 150GB


Corsair Nautilus 500

Power Supply

PC Power and Cooling 1KW

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit

The Test Drives

It should be noted that Western Digital sent the following notice to us with the test drives.

The VR150 family of drives is in the process of firmware testing and validation in Western Digital’s Functional Integrity Test (FIT) Lab using proprietary test software and tools. Overall FIT test coverage is approximately 90% complete. CCC: UX being provided on engineering samples is known to have the following issues:

 • Performance results are still being tuned and is not representative of the final released firmware

Basically this article should be treated as a preview since the firmware is not final.

The Test Drives

The firmware on the Western Digital VelociRaptor that we are testing today is 03.03V0X.  When a new firmware version has been released for the final shipping drives, we will take another look at the VelociRaptor performance numbers.

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