Western Digital unveils new Raptor

— 12:44 PM on January 4, 2006

Ronald linked the first review of Western Digital's new WD1500 in yesterday's Shortbread, but since enthusiasts have been waiting for an updated Raptor for some time, we'll give it a little more attention. The new Raptor retains the 10K-RPM spindle speed of previous models, but boosts cache and capacity to 16MB and 150GB, respectively. Western Digital has also added support for Native Command Queuing, although the drive's Serial ATA interface tops out at only 150MB/s. The slower interface is somewhat disappointing, but it should only affect the drive's burst transfer rate.

Western Digital is selling the new Raptor through its online store for $299, and it's apparently in stock. However, the drive doesn't appear to be available anywhere else just yet.

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