Latest Forum Posts

Latest News Posts
Coming Soon!
Social
Go Back   Techgage.com > Archives > Reviews and Articles

Reviews and Articles Discussion for Techgage content is located here. Only staff can create topics, but everyone is welcome to post.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-23-2009, 12:50 AM   #1
Rob Williams
Editor-in-Chief
 
Rob Williams's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Atlantic Canada
Posts: 13,350
Default Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB

Kicking off our hard drive coverage begins with a look at Western Digital's Caviar Black 1TB. As an affordable "high-end" consumer drive, this model includes all of the important features, and performs quite well throughout all of our tests. It also happens to win the contest for having the lowest overall acoustic levels, and by a fair margin.

You can read the first of Bill's storage articles here and discuss it here!
__________________
Intel Core i7-3960X, GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2, Kingston 16GB DDR3-2133, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD (OS, Apps), WD VR 1TB (Games), Corsair 1000HX, Corsair H70 Cooler
Corsair 800D, Dell 2408WFP 24", ASUS Xonar Essence STX, Gentoo (KDE 4.11. 3.12 Kernel)

"Take care to get what you like, or you will be forced to like what you get!" - H.P. Baxxter
<Toad772> I don't always drink alcohol, but when I do, I take it too far.


Rob Williams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2009, 04:59 AM   #2
Doomsday
Tech Junkie
 
Doomsday's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: KHI, PAK
Posts: 1,559
Default

Heey, nice review! i am thinking of buying a new HDD soon. I still run my OS on my old IDE Seagate 40GB which i bought in 2005 with my P4! lol! and its still running fine, no problems what so ever, for now atleast. Well i think this is what i will be aiming for when i buy a new HDD. Caviar Blacks r pretty good! as we dont have Seagate XT available here!
__________________
PSU: Corsair AX850 - Case: Cooler Master HAF X - CPU:Core i7-2600k - Cooler: Cooler Master V6 GT - Motherboard: Asus Z68 Maximus IV Extreme Z - Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB-1600Mhz - GPU: AMD MSI R6970 Lightning - HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB, Seagate 2TB Barracuda Green - SSD: Intel 520 Series 120GB - K/B: Razer Lycosa Mirror - Mouse: Logitech G700 - MouseMat: Steel Series 4HD - LCD: Asus VG278H 27" - Speakers: Creative Inspire M4500 4.1 - Headset: Logitech G35 7.1



"Do not look at a man's prayers nor his fasts, rather, measure him by how well he deals with others, the compassion he shows his fellow man, his wisdom and his integrity" - Umar Ibn Al-Khattab


Doomsday is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2009, 06:28 AM   #3
2Tired2Tango
Tech Monkey
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 648
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rob Williams View Post
[I]Kicking off our hard drive coverage begins with a look at Western Digital's Caviar Black 1TB.
Nice review Rob....

I've been using WD drives by preference for a long time (mid-90s) and I've yet to have any problem that isn't one of abuse or age. In fact I have a late 1990s 20gb WD drive here that still works as good as the day it was made.

One thing I can confirm for you... WD drives are QUIET! Any seek noise they make is quickly drowned out by fans and typing. As a rule I end up putting my ear next to the drive to deterimine if it's spinning or not.

By contrast Maxtor drives me right up the wall... ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ all freaking day long! Needless to say, I swap them out whenever I get the chance. Seagate (which owns maxtor) drives are only a bit quieter. Samsung are acceptable but you're gonna hear seek noise.

I'll take a quiet drive with a 5 year warranty over the most golly gee wizz bang new thang any day.
__________________
Tango

"An unexamined life is not worth living" ... Socrates
2Tired2Tango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2009, 02:35 PM   #4
Brett Thomas
Senior Editor
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 164
Default

Bill and Rob did a great job with this one - I have to say, that's as thorough an HDD review as I could ever stand to read and not get bored. I definitely feel as I walk away from it that I know where this drive stands in the tested pack, and I might be picking up a couple of these for my home server - 3x2GB Raid 5 is a nice upgrade!
Brett Thomas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2009, 02:46 PM   #5
Glider
Coastermaker
 
Glider's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Belgium
Posts: 139
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brett Thomas View Post
3x2GB Raid 5 is a nice upgrade!
You won't get far on 4 GB
__________________
There Are 10 Types Of People, Those Who Know Binary and Those Who Don't
Glider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2009, 04:04 PM   #6
Rob Williams
Editor-in-Chief
 
Rob Williams's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Atlantic Canada
Posts: 13,350
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2Tired2Tango
Nice review Rob....
This is Bill's article, not mine. I mainly just slaved over the graphs and editing ;-)

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2Tired2Tango
I'll take a quiet drive with a 5 year warranty over the most golly gee wizz bang new thang any day.
I tend to agree. The only thing better is an SSD so you'd get performance as well, but for obvious reasons, that's not a real choice for a lot of people right now.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Glider View Post
You won't get far on 4 GB
Haha
__________________
Intel Core i7-3960X, GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2, Kingston 16GB DDR3-2133, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD (OS, Apps), WD VR 1TB (Games), Corsair 1000HX, Corsair H70 Cooler
Corsair 800D, Dell 2408WFP 24", ASUS Xonar Essence STX, Gentoo (KDE 4.11. 3.12 Kernel)

"Take care to get what you like, or you will be forced to like what you get!" - H.P. Baxxter
<Toad772> I don't always drink alcohol, but when I do, I take it too far.


Rob Williams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2009, 10:04 PM   #7
Moogle Stiltzkin
Guest Poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Nice article however i wish to point out that the real competition on everyones mouth right now is the Samsung Spinpoint F3 versus the Western Digital Black Caviar.


The F3 is cheaper and outperforms the slightly more expensive Black Caviar. I think your article should mention this :/ Not to say that the Black Caviar is bad (it isn't). Just that comparing it to the competition, the F3 may be a better choice at the moment.

Source:
http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...-f3-vs-wd.html
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2009, 10:06 PM   #8
Moogle Stiltzkin
Guest Poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default

By the way i own both of these hard drives
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2009, 08:06 PM   #9
Rob Williams
Editor-in-Chief
 
Rob Williams's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Atlantic Canada
Posts: 13,350
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Moogle Stiltzkin
Nice article however i wish to point out that the real competition on everyones mouth right now is the Samsung Spinpoint F3 versus the Western Digital Black Caviar.
Thanks for the heads-up! We'll be sure to get one of the F3 drives in and put it to the test as soon as possible
__________________
Intel Core i7-3960X, GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2, Kingston 16GB DDR3-2133, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD (OS, Apps), WD VR 1TB (Games), Corsair 1000HX, Corsair H70 Cooler
Corsair 800D, Dell 2408WFP 24", ASUS Xonar Essence STX, Gentoo (KDE 4.11. 3.12 Kernel)

"Take care to get what you like, or you will be forced to like what you get!" - H.P. Baxxter
<Toad772> I don't always drink alcohol, but when I do, I take it too far.


Rob Williams is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
None

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Western Digital Releases 1TB VelociRaptor; 25% Faster than Last-Gen Rob Williams Storage Devices and Memory 6 05-01-2012 03:11 PM
trouble with Western Digital hard disk Hawke Storage Devices and Memory 9 06-16-2011 08:34 AM
Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB Rob Williams Reviews and Articles 5 03-28-2011 11:05 AM
Western Digital's Caviar Green Gets Tested Rob Williams Storage Devices and Memory 0 10-30-2008 12:46 AM
Western Digital 500GB RE2 Rob Williams Reviews and Articles 10 09-25-2006 09:44 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:36 AM.