Can Seagate's cached HDD compete with an SSD + HDD setup?

Subject: Storage | October 4, 2013 - 02:12 PM |
Tagged: hybrid hdd, cache, Seagate, 2TB

Benchmarking cached HDDs can be a difficult task as they are specifically designed to cache commonly used data which results in two very different speeds for data access, the 8GB SSD and the actual HDD.  The Tech Report recently met this challenge when benchmarking Seagate's first 3.5" desktop cached drive with 8GB of flash and 2TB of platter storage.  When contrasting it to some of the higher end HDDs available it became apparent that the more expensive WD Black 4TB was a faster drive but as it does cost more per gigabyte it might not be the best choice for every purpose.  Check out the review to see if this hybrid device is a better choice than buying both a small sized SSD and a large HDD for your own usage.

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"Seagate's hybrid tech has finally been deployed in a desktop drive. The Desktop SSHD combines an 8GB flash cache with 2TB of mechanical storage. We take a closer look at how that combo holds up against standard hard drives and SSDs."

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October 4, 2013 | 04:28 PM - Posted by drbaltazar (not verified)

Mm!nha it isn't has quick but average user will be very happy with a hard drive(even more so if the hard drive use MSI/msix and set it self to one MSI per CPU core

October 4, 2013 | 04:48 PM - Posted by biohazard918 (not verified)


October 5, 2013 | 09:29 AM - Posted by praack

ya- i don;t understand either msi per core? - maybe Allyn does.

anyway the review on the seagate drive is pretty good- first desktop drive with SSD tech and it beats the 'raptor on boot up times and other benchmarks.

in fact by the end the article nicely showed this head to head fight between SEAGATE SSD and the VelociRaptor 1TB as these two are the ones now fighting in the hard drive space.

with the performance boost and savings in price/gb i can see that the WD will have it's work cut out to continue the raptor line at the pricepoint it is at today.

the final chart is a big one for the value conscious as well - nice one to check out

October 5, 2013 | 10:08 AM - Posted by drbaltazar (not verified)

View IRQ Problem (past)and what its problems were,OK now put yourself today! MSI and its better counter part (avail in 32 bit or and (not sure if and is possible) 64 bit , was created to resolve one issue ! Window use interrupt (ALOT) example : you goto Walmart you have a Bugatti veron to go shopping you gained lot of time (ya that Walmart is big!)you arrive at the place pay and there is a 5 mile back up go give back thé Bugatti veron to Walmart rep . and you have a 10 mile back up at the payment boot .you cant turn back from the line you all be shot then and there so you wait your turn .(A LONGTIME) oh the clerk is quick , but she can't reduce your wait. If there had been 4 rep for the taking back the buggati and 4 clerk for payment?you would probably already be home zipping your second bottle of wine.same thing for msi ! Yes this techno as bien avail for a long while why suddendly it begin to really mather ? Because now we changed the way we use computer . we stream twitch,hangout,Skype,obs,record everything (all in real time)all this while gaming ,viewing video,using g+,Facebook,twitter,twit.TV and the various irc that is now common place where ever we you can see 1 interrupt per socket per device isn't gonna cut it ! But it isn't ms fault ,ms always said 1 interrupt per CPU, socket for those with more then 2048 Core ,and CPU core for those with less then 2048 core . what happened ? Lol think about it,you make a gpu,do you want to create a 1,2,3,4,6,8,12 core variant of say a nividia or amd program that you will need a specific way to enable because ms doesnt permit driver to activate more then one .or you all just say nvm nobody but the towelliee,swifty and sodapoppin of this world will notice and they very unlikely willever know the real reason of their trouble. Ya basicly hardware maker didn't bother setting this.window yell not set?then you will stay at a value of one interrupt for your device even tho you processor can handle 8 . hopefully this explain it.

October 6, 2013 | 12:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I cannot understand what you typed. Stop using the bad Google Translate function.

October 6, 2013 | 03:48 AM - Posted by ea1985 (not verified)

Google translate would never spit out "more then"; he should lay off that weed.

(FWIW, I get what he's trying to say)

October 6, 2013 | 06:20 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

not sure what a 'towelliee' is though

October 6, 2013 | 12:38 AM - Posted by praack

DRBaltazarr - are you saying we are moving to a time period where we will see IRQ like conflicts but on the cpu side as the hardware is not being set up to take advantage of the cores?

so that will mean the scheduler in windows will not make a difference?

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