The premise behind this decision is simple and understandable. Fast large capacity SSD’s do not come cheap and tend to be reserved for the top tier builders and enthusiasts. However that tends to neglect those who are restricted to a tighter budget but don’t want to suffer from the performance lag of slower drives. The new VelociRaptor hopes to fill this void by offering a 600GB and 300GB model, adding a 5th generation to the tried and true design.
Areal Density has been improved from previous models having only two platters each with 300GB for the top model and the rumored 300GB should be a single platter design. What the cache and spindle speed will be remains to be seen , but if it follows in the tradition we can hope for a 10K rpm , and hopefully 32MB of onboard cache. This will help strike a good balance in the Price/Performance Ratio.
Pricing should be around $250USD if rumours hold true, although availability is not yet determinded.