HDD/SSD Comparison and Features

Hard Drive Specifications
Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Manufacturer's Stated Capacity 32 GB 150 GB
Operating System Stated Capacity 30.9 GB 139.73 GB
Interface SATA 1.5Gb/s SATA 1.5Gb/s
Rotational Speed n/a 10,000 RPM
Cache Size n/a 16 MB
Average Latency n/a 2.99 ms (nominal)
Read Seek Time .1 ms 4.6 ms
Number of Heads n/a 4
Number of Platters n/a 2
Power Draw Idle / Load .55W / 3.1W 9.19W / 10.02W
Acoustics Idle / Load 0 dB(A) / 0 dB(A) 35 dB(A) / 48 dB(A)
Thermals Idle / Load 25C / 26C 47C / 58C
Write/Erase Endurance >140 years at 50GB Write/Erase Cycles per Day -
Data Retention 10 years
Command Queuing n/a Native Command Queuing
Warranty 5 Years 5 Years - Retail or OEM

The MTRON MSD-SATA6025-032 features a capacity of 32GB; other sizes ranging from 4GB to 32GB are available in the 2.5" form factor and up to 128GB is available in the 3.5" form factor. The drive is marketed into the commercial, server, and industrial sectors with an emphasis placed on performance storage needs with a high degree of tolerance to environmental conditions.

The MSD-SATA6025-032 features a read seek time of less than .1ms, a maximum read speed of up to 100MB/sec, a maximum write speed of 80MB/sec, and sustained transfer rates of around 95MB/sec. The drive features a write/erase endurance of approximately 140 years at 50GB of write/erase cycles per day thanks to an exclusive controller chip design that features proprietary wear leveling and bad block management algorithms.

The MTRON drive is truly silent as indicated by the acoustics test, features a very low power envelope with load requirements being over three times less than the Western Digital Raptor drive, and excellent thermals considering our room temperature base was 25C.

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  • iwodo - Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - link

    With 40% price decrease per year as well as improve in transfer speed. It will only take 2-3 years before the drive become affordable.

    But i keep on wondering. Let say I need 10GB for OS. 10GB for Application. I still have 12GB for Swap Space and other uses. 32GB for basic usage is actually more then enough if we dont store any Music or Video.

    Personally i would like to see Normal Hard Drive gets much bigger Capacity ( 2 - 4 TB Per Hard Drive ) and move them out of the Main Box to external storage via eSATA. While the Main performance Hard drive will be a SSD based Hard Drive.
  • wordsworm - Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - link

  • johnsonx - Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - link

    it's a hard drive test, what difference does it make what CPU brand they use?
  • wordsworm - Thursday, August 16, 2007 - link

    Did you read the article? It mentioned how much faster it works on the Nvidia chipset than the Intel chipset. What about an AMD chipset? What difference would that make? You don't think this would make a difference after reading the article?
  • shabby - Saturday, August 18, 2007 - link

    You're right, with the amd chipset it would probably be 50% slower... good thing anandtech didnt waste their time testing on amd ;)
  • Bladen - Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - link

    Has any reputable site ever done RAID 0 tests with a pair (or more) of SSD's?
  • AnnihilatorX - Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - link

    Well http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/08/13/flash_based...">Toms Hardware had done a review including RAID 0 on SanDisk's 32GB SSD
  • johnsonx - Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - link

    yes, but he asked for a reputable site
  • johnsonx - Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - link

    bad johnsonx, bad!
  • Axbattler - Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - link


    We doubt SSD products will make significant headway into the desktop market over the next three years due to the continued explosion of storage space requirements for digital entertainment.

    I agree that it will remain a niche market product, but I reckon that the main reason will be cost per GB. I wonder if the average consumer's space requirement has exploded much past the requirement added by Vista: how many really rip audio/video to their HD?

    Granted, I am a space hog, and I happen to rip at least my CDs to lossless - but I do not know many (outside enthusiast forums) who do that. From a performance enthusiast point of view, especially those who will afford the 'best', I reckon that SSD may overtake the Raptor as the choice for OS drive within the next three years. Those users could always grab one or more TB size HD for their multimedia needs. From a silent PC enthusiast point of view, going by this review, SSD is a non brainer - the more dedicated silencers are already using 2.5" drive in their desktop.

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