Check out Western Digital's new hard drive over at PCWorld. For $300 you get 10,000 RPM, 300GB and the ability to write 3.06GB in 89 seconds!
Western Digital's VelociRaptor, the company's latest 10,000 rpm (rotations per minute) drive, changes that. One of WD's big innovations on the VelociRaptor is its IcePack heat sink. You can't miss this integrated, black heat sink: The drive is securely mounted onto it, and the heat sink acts as the mounting apparatus to adapt the 2.5-inch VelociRaptor for a 3.5-inch drive bay.
According to Western Digital, the thermal temperature ratings on this drive are about the same as its predecessor. But the heat sink serves to reduce the drive's temperature by about 5 degrees...
In one of its most impressive feats, the VelociRaptor required just 89 seconds to write 3.06GB of files and folders, besting the next-best drive in our chart, the Western Digital Caviar SE16 750GB, by 32 seconds--a 26 percent improvement.