"Capacity and performance remain the defining attributes of hard drives for PC gamers, digital multimedia content developers and many other customers requiring high-end systems at home and in the office," said Dave Mosley, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing at Seagate. "Seagate is meeting these requirements with the first 7200RPM desktop hard drive to combine 2TB of storage capacity with the fastest Serial ATA interface to date."With Barracuda XT drives and SATA 6Gb/s motherboards from ASUS and Gigabyte, computer makers can build the highest-performance PCs, workstations and entry-level servers. ASUS was first to market with a SATA 6Gb/s motherboard; the company's P7P55D Premium began shipping in August. The new GIGABYTE P55 series GA-P55-Extreme motherboards are also now shipping.
I'll buy it simply because you can see the drive head moving across the platter and the drive itself produces a cool yellow halo.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
Yeah! Great excuse to buy a clear chassis.
wrap it up I'll take it!
The Asus P7P55D Premium was the only motherboard which had SATA 6G in its specs (Asus' website isn't the easiest to navigate, so I may have missed one).
Gigabyte hinted that their GA-P55-UD4P would have it, which would have been nice (it's $100 less than the Asus Premium mobo), but I believe that they were caught up in the Marvell controller problem and took it out of the design. Now I'm wondering which released Gigabyte board actually has SATA 6G.
"I didn't cry when Bambi's mother was shot... but I cried when HAL was turned off."
We've seen plenty of innovation this autumn already, but it seems that increased speed is the next bandwagon to hop on. With USB 3.0 about to take over where USB 2.0 left off, Seagate is saying goodbye, for at least one of their hard drives, to that "sluggish" 3Gbit/sec transfer technology.
Guessing you mean to replace USB 3.0 with SATA III, or officially named SATA 6Gbps from SATA II, or offically named SATA 3Gbps.
Its nice to see that SATA III drives are coming out, but its such a waste on mechanical drives since they are just starting to break over SATA I (SATA 1.5Gbps) data transfer rate. These would be much better positioned in SSD's which quiet a few drives could probably increase there read speeds or have there read speeds automatically jump due to the bandwidth limitation currently on SATA II.
@deathman: I believe they did mean to make the USB 2.0 -> USB 3.0 analogy. We have two third-gen standards coming out at more or less the same time, which will confuse some people. Thank heavens the PCIe 3.0 interface isn't due until 2010.
The SATA-IO, which is the group defining new standards for this interface, would rather you call the new flavor "SATA 6Gb/sec" although tech writers have settled on the term "SATA 6G".
But yeah, it's overkill for a mechanical drive. And even for the current crop of SSDs, at least the ones normal people can afford, SATA 3G (SATA-II) is hard to saturate. The ones which normal people can't afford, such as the OCZ Zdrive, use a PCIe slot (x4 seems to be the popular choice) and avoid the disk interface completely.
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