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Western Digital slips out its first SATA 6Gbps hard drive

by Parm Mann on 11 February 2010, 14:23


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Western Digital has rolled out its first consumer hard drive to feature a third-generation SATA 6Gbps interface in the form of a new 1TB Caviar Black.

The 3.5in drive, pictured right and given model number WD1002FAEX, makes use of a rotational speed of 7,200rpm and comes equipped with a 64MB cache - double the size of its SATA 3Gbps predecessor.

With a 7,200rpm hard drive unlikely to suffer the bandwidth restrictions of a SATA 3Gbps interface, the upgraded model is likely to offer little in terms of real-world performance benefits - despite the larger cache.

Owning the latest tech will cost you a little extra, though. Western Digital's 1TB SATA 6Gbps Caviar Black drive is currently available priced at around £87, making it roughly £15 more than a equivalent-capacity Caviar Black drive with a SATA 3Gbps interface and a smaller cache.

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Cant really see the point in it being a 7200rpm drive, how about a 10k or 15k raptor type drive?
I am guessing that the higher bandwidth + larger cache means that burst speeds will be increased…..can some one please prod me when something even slightly exciting comes along?
is this like putting a 7 speed gearbox in a reliant robin? from my understanding the drive wont even utilise sata2 to it full potential.
Trig;1872074']Cant really see the point in it being a 7200rpm drive, how about a 10k or 15k raptor type drive?

because high density platter's shatter very quickly at that speed, and also SSD's will still be faster which is what people look for in those kind of drives due to higher IOPS and random write's.