Today's big fish is of the Barracuda variety, and oh is it big! Today's Seagate Barracuda hard drive can store up to a whopping 3TB and is running for $133 with free shipping (normally $148 - use coupon code: VZQG7WPT?PJ4C4). The HDD is 3.5-inches wide and comes with a two-year warranty.
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We highlight the hardware that gets you the most performance per dollar spent
We all know that, generally speaking, buying the newest top-end part gets you the most performance. But in most cases, the premium you pay for that part covers a whole lot of other stuff as well that has no bearing on frame rates or video encoding times. We’re talking about the added cost of covering research and development, product marketing, lower production yields, etc. That high price also includes a vanity tax, if you will—the extra charge incurred by folks who simply want to have the latest hardware, hot off the fab, for bragging rights.
Note: This article was taken from the December 2012 issue of the magazine.
Seagate’s Barracuda line has long been a contender in the 7,200rpm drive space and—7200.11 firmware snafu notwithstanding—has generally vied with WD’s Caviar Black line for the 7,200rpm crown. The Barracuda XT 3TB is a five-platter 7,200rpm drive with 6Gb/s SATA and 64MB of cache, just like the Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000. So what’s the difference?