Aimed at gamers and graphics professionals, Scorpio Black drives boast data transfer speeds (buffer to host) of up to a maximum of 3Gbits/per second.
Western Digital, which released the first 3TB-capacity internal SATA hard disk drive nine weeks ago
Jan. 5 announced that it has started shipping a new 2.5-inch, 750GB
SATA hard drive for OEMs that make high-performance laptops and portable
WD's Scorpio Black drives
speedier than most current HHDs at 7200 RPM, includes 16MB of
solid-state cache. They are designed primarily for professional-level
laptops to handle video creation and storage, animation and heavy
The drives also are aimed at high-end video game performance use.
The Scorpio Blacks come in capacities starting at 160GB and going up to
750GB. Data transfer speeds (buffer to host) have been benchmarked up
to a maximum of 3G bps, WD said.
WD said the new hard drives are available now in the United States from "select
resellers and distributors" at $149 apiece and are covered by a
five-year limited warranty.
It's amazing how fast current technology gets passed by. You can now
find WD's Scorpio Black predecessor, a 500GB HDD with 300M bps
throughput and 7200 rpm, for a mere $65 online
Western Digital, a longtime competitor with Seagate, Samsung and
Toshiba in the HHD business, was founded in 1970 and supplies its
drives to all major computer makers.