Nihility

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    Western Digital Q3 2012 Discussion

    Me neither. And I recommend to all my friends, family and co-workers to wait for the prices to regain sanity.
  2. Congratz on the milestone... Can they stop fleecing us with hard drive prices now?
  3. It seems like the problem is really with the controller used on the drive and not with the USB port on the motherboard.
  4. Would you expect the new Intel chipsets (with on-board USB 3.0) to perform better?
  5. Isn't USB 3.0 supposed to deliver 300 MB/s? I'm sure I've seen speeds of 130 MB/s on my HDDs. And seems like it's confirmed by this guy: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?264800-Real-world-USB3-speed-test!&p=4698087&viewfull=1#post4698087 I don't see anything over 100 MB/s with an SSD in your review. Any idea what's going on? edit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC7WDwKcm8Y 300 MB/s read, 160 MB/s write edit 2: http://www.anandtech.com/show/3923/kingston-datatraveler-ultimate-30-ocz-enyo-quick-look-at-two-usb-30-ssds 190MB/s
  6. It seems like apple was trying to keep costs down. The new screen and huge battery are probably what prevented them from offering 128 GB of flash storage.
  7. Nice elegant drive. I couldn't find any pricing information in the review? What's the longest key code it can accept? Would have been nice to see some HD Tune results to see performance across the whole drive. Does the drive get hot after writing to it for a very long time? What about power usage? Maybe Storage Review could do a feature about how encryption affects performance? Testing several solutions like True Crypt and the built in Windows 7 encryption and testing both an SSD and an HDD.
  8. Just in time to raise prices and lower the warranties. yay
  9. I don't believe that for one second. Seagate has been having a lot of quality issues lately, if anything, they are just adjusting the warranty to the already sub par quality of their products. Besides that, both companies ramped up production at their other plants and that has to cause a decrease in quality.
  10. Maybe the ASUS P8P67 only as 1 PCI-E lane allocated to USB 3.0? That would limit it pretty harshly. It may also be a bottleneck in many other places. Personally, I haven't seen USB 3.0 go above 160 MB/s. But I don't have access to RAID 0 enclosures. It's a shame that Apple isn't supporting USB 3.0. Especially when thunderbolt is so expensive to implement. Edit: I'll add that it's also a shame that Intel doesn't support USB 3.0 natively in the current chipsets.
  11. Really surprised to see that it doesn't have USB 3.0 support. Especially when you need a power adapter (or firewire) to be able to use eSATA. Furthermore, it seems that this enclosure is capable of saturating eSATA at 250 MB/s while USB 3 should be able to go up to 400 MB/s (I don't know if that RAID controller can handle it). A few gripes with the review: You don't mention which interface you are using for the tests (although it is obvious that it's eSATA just because the other options are too slow). No performance graphs? Temperatures. Does the enclosure get hot under heavy use? Besides that, I really liked the review. I am a bit surprised to hear that USB 2.0 can power 2 drives. I thought even a single SSD or low power 2.5" HDD would require the maximum power output of a standard USB 2.0 port.
  12. What kind of controller do these thumb drives have? Are they designed like SSDs or something completely different? Any onboard RAM? It's really cool seeing such high speeds from small/mobile drives. Finally moving on from the days of USB 2.0. $280 for 128 GB is still a bit too expensive for my taste
  13. Only 4 years? Is that for 60 TBW on a 128 GB drive?
  14. You've mentioned that in a previous post. Can you give a bit more information? As far as I can tell, even the best write amplification is at around 0.7 (for Sandforce SSDs which do on-the-fly compression). Any other SSD will have a >1 write amplification, so it would actually be worse than the stated lifespan of TLC Flash. Besides compression (which can't be done on media files or other compressed files) and flash over provisioning (keeping a chunk of flash on the side side 7-15%, what else could they do in software?
  15. Everyone already learned that lesson when HP dropped their tablet prices to $99. I still think that the real issue here will be with the lifespan of 19nm TLC flash. I think it will be a major problem.
  16. I wonder if there are any HDD companies that weren't affected at all but are now selling drives at an inflated price.
  17. Did OCZ state how many terabytes of writes they expect a drive with TLC to withstand?
  18. Flash technology is only getting worse and worse. SLC -> MLC -> TLC , each progression caused a significant decrease in write cycles. Even the reduction in process resolution (130nm, 90 nm, 65 nm etc.) causes a reduction in write cycles (drive lifespan as well). There's a clear incentive for these companies to create drives that die after a few years and the way the tech is moving along, they seem to be doing just that. I am fully aware that this is also necessary to reduce flash costs, but it's a worrying trend. Edit: I'm not sure how accurate the following information is (wikipedia): SLC NAND flash is typically rated at about 100k cycles (Samsung OneNAND KFW4G16Q2M) MLC NAND flash used to be rated at about 5–10k cycles (Samsung K9G8G08U0M) but is now typically 1k - 3k cycles TLC NAND flash is typically rated at about 100-500 cycles 100-500 cycles... seriously???
  19. The part about the clear enclosure adding an extra "cool factor", reminded me about when WD released the raptor X, which had a clear window. I guess at some point they figured that putting a window on something that is never actually seen wasn't worth the added engineering costs.
  20. Aren't those enclosures huge, considering the size of the drive itself?
  21. Cool, 190 MB/s! Looks like in a couple more generations we'll see HDDs that can saturate SATA 2.
  22. Thanks. Any idea what kind of performance you would get from daisy chaining two drives?
  23. What's the second firewire port for?
  24. Anandtech is claiming the drive uses 5 800GB platters. http://www.anandtech.com/show/4738/seagate-ships-worlds-first-4tb-external-hdd