Seagate to Begin Shipping Third Generation Solid State Hybrid Drives

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Marc Belanger

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pastorbob

Spam

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Ninjawithagun

A better alternative IMHO would be to invest in slightly older generation SSDs and run them in RAID. I have four 240GB SATA II OCZ Vertex 2 SSDs in RAID 0 and they are super fast. Running them together using an Asus Rampage IV Extreme motherboard. In ATTO, they score pretty well with 128K blocks as the selected size for the benchmark; ~950MB/sec Read and ~875MB/sec Write. Loading times for games and levels are only a few seconds at the most. Boot times into Windows is okay at around 25 sec. The great thing is that these SSDs cost well under $200 now - you just have to find them for that price. Some places still sell these SSDs for way over the amount they are worth considering the new OCZ Vector SSDs are out now and have way better performance, but also cost $100 or more per drive. If you don't want to break the bank, but want great performance, go with a RAID 0 configuration using older SSDs :-)

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limitbreaker

The problem with raid0 through bios is the lack of trim support which becomes apparent after a while.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

I would think the problem of Trim Support would be secondary to the fact that he is trusting his data to OCZ?

OCZ is the Number 1 Data Prevention Solution!

OCZ....
We prevent YOU from accessing YOUR Data!

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limitbreaker

Lol you're so right, but people will usually pick the best spec for the money rather than quality.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

:)

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Bullwinkle J Moose

I still need at least 32GB of Fast Flash handing off the entire operating system to 32GB of StupidFast Dram before the BIOS even has time to post

Stick that on a boot drive and smoke it

When I can boot my entire O.S. from RAM, then maybe I might buy one for backups or sumthin

maybe....

It would be nice to write protect your Entire Operating System in Flash and run it without write protection from RAM as well

Best of both worlds

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Bullwinkle J Moose

hold on...

let me just tweak my static RAM Cache a bit...and....

OK, ready to race that Seagate

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Zstreek

When will they be available and how much are they?

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dgrmouse

Too late, and too much. Seriously, you don't want one of these. Hybrid drives, while having very good theoretical potential, tend to exaggerate the downsides of both technologies. They are smaller than conventional discs and they are slower than conventional SSD units. These things only exist because they're /just/ good enough to meet the requirements for an Ultrabook and they have higher profit margins for manufacturers.

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danwat1234

Can the 3rd generation of Hybrid drives finally be able to do write caching via the NAND flash memory? I hope so, and I wish 16GB was an option for people who use large data sets.

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burntham77

I would love to see external versions of these drives, especially if they can severely undercut SSDs in price while maintaining reasonable speeds.

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limitbreaker

I can't really see a benefit to an external version of a hybrid drive, the sole advantage of a hybrid is the read speed for tiny files that would otherwise take long for pure mechanical drive. Unless you use an external drive for files you access very frequently then there isn't any advantage to it.

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John Pombrio

I tried the "hybrid drive" built into ASUS mobos. You take a 60GB SSD and put it together with a standard 7200 RPM hard drive. I was NOT impressed. I saw NO improvement in over 3 weeks of usage. I went back to booting with a SSD, MUCH, MUCH faster!
Stick to straight SSDs for your boot drive.

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pastorbob

John, I assume that you are referring to Intel Smart Response Technology. It is not limited to ASUS motherboards but any motherboard with Intel a Z68/Z77/H77/Q77 Express Chipset. And my experience has been a significant boost in performance with disk I/O related tasks. But that may be due to differences in how we use our systems.

Granted it is not as fast as my other desktop with a 120 Gigabyte SSD for the boot drive, but it was a decent compromise for a system where we had limited funds for the build and we needed a large drive.

Also, the Seagate hybrids would be a entirely different approach, not relying on RAID.

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limitbreaker

Ah nIce, 2GB of storage with 8GB of nand for caching. But 2tb sounds really good for a hybrid drive, I bet it would be a great drive for the less commonly played steam games.

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RipperXT

"Seagate's SSHDs feature up to 2GB of storage capacity and 8GB of NAND flash memory (in the desktop variant)"

I'm hoping that is suppose to be 2TB.

Does anyone have these. I would like to see if these are a better bang for buck than a full SSD

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USraging

A friend of mine bought one and he liked it but it went out in about 7 months of usage. That is my closes experience with one.

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