If you are into gaming or backing up large volume of data, having a fast desktop hard disk really makes a difference. Speed without capacity means nothing as you have to constantly swap hard disk during backup. This is where the dilemma comes in, is 7200rpm faster than 10,000rpm?
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As shown in the table below, the Seagate Barracuda outperformed the 10,000 rpm Western Digital VelociRaptor. Not to mention the capacity of the Seagate hard disk is 3TB. RPM is one of the many factors in speed, there are cache and build quality too.
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX
|600 GB||10,000||6 Gbit/s||547|
|3 TB||7200||6 Gbit/s||492|
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS
|300 GB||10,000||3 Gbit/s||465|
Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000
|3 TB||7200||6 Gbit/s||436|
Western Digital RE4 WD2003FYYS
|2 TB||7200||3 Gbit/s||429|
Western Digital Caviar Black WD2001FASS
|2 TB||7200||3 Gbit/s||428|
Seagate Barracuda XT
|3 TB||7200||6 Gbit/s||419|
Samsung Spinpoint F3R HD103SJ
|1 TB||7200||3 Gbit/s||405|
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C
|1 TB||7200||3 Gbit/s||400|
Seagate Constellation ES
|2 TB||7200||3 Gbit/s||391|
Western Digital bought Hitachi hard drive division at the end of 2011.