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    Seeing clearly with the Raptor X HDD

    Window mods in hard drives have been reserved for the most daring (and often foolish) of modders. Mod no more, however, as Western Digital's latest Raptor comes with its own window.
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    Looks nice...but who on earth really needs it?

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    Looks good.
    150Gb, 16Mb Cache, 10k rpm, windowed. The only thing missing is SATA2.
    Does it use NCQ rarther than the old TCQ that the old Raptors used?

    The only 'problem' is its noise.

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    Yes, as far as I know, it is capable of using NCQ.

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    It is indeed NCQ friendly

    I don't see the point in thisd unless you have a lot of money and want a lot of bling
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomAM
    The only thing missing is SATA2.
    There isn't a drive on the planet with SATA2 because the thing doesn't exist. Indeed SATA at 3Gbps would have been nice, but not really necessary yet.

    /pedantic
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    That looks awesome, but I don't see how you can use the window as it's obstructed from view by the mounting bracket?
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    Yeah sorry meant SATA 3gbps - it is a VERY expensive drive so I believe it should have that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve
    There isn't a drive on the planet with SATA2 because the thing doesn't exist. Indeed SATA at 3Gbps would have been nice, but not really necessary yet.

    /pedantic
    Actually, the official SATA 2 spec calls for either Hot-Swapping or NCQ or 3.0gbps transfer rates. Any one of those and the drive can be called SATA2.
    Of course, you could go pedantic and call the 'proper' SATA that your on about SATA-IO.
    Or, you could go around and take most of the HDD manufacturers to court, claiming false advertising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomAM
    Actually, the official SATA 2 spec calls for either Hot-Swapping or NCQ or 3.0gbps transfer rates. Any one of those and the drive can be called SATA2.
    Of course, you could go pedantic and call the 'proper' SATA that your on about SATA-IO.
    Or, you could go around and take most of the HDD manufacturers to court, claiming false advertising.
    It's not false advertising, it's just PR. They call it that because it sounds cool.
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    I want to know how much it will cost. The windowed version is $350 and the non windowed one is $300 in the states.

    What do you think it will cost here?
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    &#163;250 & &#163;200 I reckon, to start off.
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    "We prefer the steamy bathroom (reduces the dust in the air), a Dremel and crossed fingers."

    And sometimes they like to mod computers too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve
    £250 & £200 I reckon, to start off.
    How long from experience do you think it will take for the price to settle? cos I want 2 of these babys inside my shuttle.

    About a month from release? Im in no hurry.
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    I doubt their price is going to see any dramatic drop for a while to be honest. I'd wait until a month after they become available here before getting one just to see what happens though.
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