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Despite the benchmark scores, I still see hybrid drives as an undesireable gimmick. Go pure SSD or stay with a normal hard drive. I'm planning to put a 120 GB Vertex 3 and a pair of 1 TB Seagates in my next gaming PC build.
Criminy guys, most of you are totally missing the point of the article.
If you can only fit a SINGLE hard drive in a system, and you're limited to the 2.5" form factor (which is the case with laptops, some SFF systems, etc), then this drive is a breakthrough and certainly worth the money when your data footprint exceeds what an SSD can provide.
Yes, cost should only be compared to current prices on models, in which case, yes, there's definitely a price premium over the $140 500GB Seagate hybrid, but this does offer an increased SSD cache and the extra 250GB usable space. If you have 501GB of data and need it mobile, this just created a viable option where none existed.
"Oh, that doesn't compare to my RAID5 SSD array in speed or" jesus christ shut up. :P
600GB SATA3 2.5" Velociraptor for reference
Eh, the VR will have its own downsides (temps, power usage, increased cost).
Maybe 2 in RAID0 for an HTPC would be a good useage too!
Without looking up specs, I'm guessing the 10k drive uses more power, too. Maybe it'd drain the battery before it melted the chassis of my chic plastique laptop.
next time buy a mac pro
$259 on newegg o.O
That's for the 3.5" version. The 2.5" version is [URL=http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006550&isNodeId=1&Description=velociraptor+600&x=18&y=22
]out of stock[/URL].
If prices were lower right now, I'd consider getting one for my laptop. My 320GB Scorpio Black (atto attached) gets about 80 MB/s. It was a huge, noticeable difference when I upgraded to the Scorpio Black from the 5400 rpm drive that came with it (40-45 MB/s).
While the speeds of the XT would fall under the cap of the SATA 150 controller on my laptop, I still wonder if I'd see the ~110 MB/s that Prime got in his newer laptop. There's a bit on Wikipedia about access to cache benefiting from the faster interface.
I wonder if the caching algorithm would work just as well in RAID usage?
you can remove the 2.5" drive from the heatsink homie
I'm curious to see if it gets faster over time. As I use it more, I wonder if it will intelligently cache information on the SSD to really optimize the experience.
Don't forget: The 500gb XT is older; SATA 3gb interface instead of 6gb
Greg, you're forgetting that the 600GB Velociraptor you have that benchmark for is the 15K RPM 3.5" shell desktop version, not the 10K RPM 2.5" laptop version.
You're never going to run the 15K version in a laptop, too much power and too much heat.
they don't make 15k Velociraptors dude, only 10k
I'm very interested in seeing what the extra $120 nets you versus the older drive. Any apples to apples reviews around?
Just remember that the 500gb is the last-gen drive and is only SATA 3gb, 4gb, and MLC.
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