The Alternative Raptor 150 GB and System Setup

Western Digital has a version of the Raptor X without the window called the Raptor 150 GB.  It has the exact same feature set as the Raptor X minus the window, and WD was able to take about $50 off the total price.  It has the same 16 MB cache, 10k RPM rotational speed, SATA 150 MB/s interface and 5-year warranty.  So if your system doesn’t have a window or you just don’t care, then save $50 and get this model instead.

Western Digital Raptor X 150 GB SATA HDD Review - Storage 61

System Setup and Testing Methods

The second in our recent series of storage reviews, our test bed has been thoughtfully constructed to use many different applications to test the drives as well as variable usage patterns as well.  Our custom PC Perspective File-Copy test makes it debut here as well.

As our first real storage review on PC Perspective, we spent a lot of time going over our storage test bed and our testing applications in order to showcase storage performance and limits in an easy to read manor. 

You’ll see some of the more popular testing applications including HDTach and IOMeter and also HDTune v2.51, PCMark05 and YAPT (yet another performance test) v0.3.  I also wrote a custom file-copy test for future reviews as well but because of the drive size limits of the iRAM we couldn’t run all the tests. 

Test System Setup


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Chipset Driver


2 x 512 MB Corsair 5400UL

Memory Timings

4.0 4-4-15

Sound Card

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor X 150 GB
Western Digital Raptor 74 GB
Western Digital SE16 400 GB
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300 GB
Maxtor DiamondMax 9 80 GB

Operating System

Windows XP Professional SP1

GPU Driver

Catalyst 6.3

Power Supply

Antec TruePower 2.0 550 watt


If you have any questions regarding the tests or our testing methods, feel free to send me an email on the subject.

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