Seagate has introduced the fastest hard drive known to man, a crazy 14TB of turntables that can compete with some SSDs in the raw transfer speed race. Before Chia’s pets get you too excited about the possibility of making your cryptocurrency fortune behind a ridiculously fast new hard drive, the new Seagate Mach.2 Exos 2X14 (Warning in PDF, via Tom & # 39; s Hardware) only approaches the sustained transfer rates of SATA-based and major SSDs.
But still, the fact that Seagate's dual-actuator technology can be mentioned with the same breath as a solid-state drive only shows how effective it is. Maybe consoles passed to SSDs a generation too soon? Haha, silly consoles …
As the 14 TB capacity might have hinted, the new hard drive is aimed directly at the multitude of data centers and is certainly not something that can only be entered into the Microcenter and captured on a whim. But hey, it’s still the fastest hard drive in the world and that has to count for something, right?
It won’t connect to most of our gaming computers either, as it depends on the 12 Gbps SAS interface instead of the standard 6 Gbps SATA you’ll find on most motherboards. But Seagate's maximum sustained transfer rate of 524 MB / s is very close to the 550 MB / s speed of SATA SSDs that you can insert into your game board.
However, this is only the maximum transfer speed, which is ideal for general storage requirements, but it is the random read / write performance of modern SSDs (even slow SATA-based ones) that makes them feel so loose when running an operating system or even a game of one. And in that sense, no hard drive can ever be compared.
So how the hell did Seagate manage to get that level of performance out of a physical set of turntables? It is not the helium-filled chamber, but the fact that Mach.2 technology describes a transmission with two actuator arms capable of operating independently.
Think of the arm of a turntable (see, here we are talking about old technology) and imagine how quickly you could switch between tracks on a vinyl recording if you have more than one. It's a bit like that. Just different. And faster.
While this won’t exactly change the world of gaming computers, it’s still fascinating to see that there’s still room for genuine innovation in one of the oldest technologies in computing.