Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS

Western Digital’s line-up consists of the Caviar Black, Blue and Green. Whereas the ‘Black’ is designed for performance and the ‘Blue’ to balance performance, reliability and value, the ‘Green’ is setup for cool, quiet and eco-friendly running

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Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  January 26, 2009

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Key Specs

Cache: 32MB
Capacity: 1TB
Form factor: 3.5-inch
Interface: Serial ATA
Price: $125

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Western Digital’s desktop hard drive line consists of the Caviar Black, Caviar Blue and, last but not least, the Caviar Green. Whereas the ‘Black’ is designed for top performance and the ‘Blue’ to balance performance, reliability and value, the ‘Green’ is setup for cool, quiet and eco-friendly running.

Our test sample offers 1Tbyte of storage capacity and 32Mbytes of cache memory to boost reading and writing performance. That said, whereas the Black and Blue Caviar drives feature fixed speed 7200rpm spindle motors, the Green instead uses IntelliPower technology, which dynamically adjusts the drive’s spindle motor so balance performance end power savings.

To test whether this technology actually worked and if the Green drive was really, well, Green, we used our handy power monitoring equipment. Our test PC without the Caviar Green attached draws 190-watts when running idle in Windows. Hooking the Green up to the machine and taking the same measurement, the PC drew just 3-watts extra. Running tests on the Green, the PC drew an extra 6.5-watts. By comparison, WD’s own 1Tbyte Black drive increased power consumption by 8- and 10-watts respectively. 7200rpm drives from other manufacturers also drew a similar amount of extra power, which proves that the Caviar Green does indeed draw less power. The drive also ran noticeably cooler throughout testing when compared to any other drive we’ve tested recently. Great work WD.

In terms of performance, the Green still performs quite well managing to load our F.E.A.R and Company of Heroes levels in 21- and 30-seconds respectively. The Caviar Black in comparison took 14 seconds and 25 seconds to complete the same tests.

Verdict: If you’re looking to add storage and reduce your PC’s power consumption, this is the drive to buy.

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