Anyone heard about the new Seagate Green drives with 6 Gb Sata 3.0 interface? They run at 5900 RPM (a little faster than the 5400 RPM WD) but are supposedly just as quiet. According to Seagate:
"The Sata 3.0 (6 Gb) interface has new NCQ commands have been defined to enable isochronous data transfers, primarily intended to improve performance in high-bandwidth applications such as streaming high-definition video."
Newgg is selling is one with 1.5 TB for $70 with free shipping until May 3rd, but I would like to get some feedback from members before I purchase.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822148725
I have heard that WD is also coming out with some new Sata 3.0 (6Gb) Green drives.
Heard of them, yes.
6Gb/s SATA on a rotating HD is mostly marketing fluff. Won't make more than a percent or two difference in any real world test vs a 3Gb/s drive even if it were 10,000 RPM instead of the 5400/5900 RPM Green drives.
Seagate has been doing the 5900 RPM thing for several years now and I like the concept of the 5900 vs 5400 (little extra RPM no extra noise or vibration) but the downside has been price and availability of 1 or 2 platter drives. They have been real bad about discontinuing or limiting production of lower capacity 5900 RPM drives.
I'd like to have a 5900 RPM 1 platter drive as a secondary to a SSD but if they don't want to sell them I'll go Samsung 7200 before I'll do Seagate 7200 at least until there are no Samsung drives left. Then it'll depend on if Seagate ups their quality to Samsungs old standard or if Samsung just disappears.
If that happens I'll just buy old samsung drives and then go back to WD single platter 3.5 drives if they'll sell any (without doing the stupid naming game of selling a 1 platter new design and 2 platter old design with the same model number).
If the consolidated Seagate and WD both avoid selling 1 platter 3.5" drives that are clearly delineated as such I suppose I'll just use old drives until I can buy really cheap SSDs as my secondary storage.
as to the specific drive on Newegg that you linked to it is a 3 platter drive (500GB per platter @ 5900 RPM). I have no specific experience with it but I'd assume it will be OK (better than other 3 platter drives but not as quiet as a 1 platter drive). If you are looking for the quietest drive possible you'll want to look at lower capacities or at least look harder for a 2 x 666 per platter or 2 x 750 per platter marketed as a something between 1.2TB and 1.5TB.
SpinPoint EcoGreen F6 (5400RPM, 32MB cache, SATA-600 interface)
???? 1TB (1/2)
HN-D201RAE 2TB (2/4)
1TB per platter looks like a silent/low noise 2TB champ of course no one has it in stock but it should be out soon (Summer 2011?). And apparently they will make a 1 platter 1TB version as well but the model number is still unknown and probably won't be out for a month or two after the 2 platter version. Just hope that both come out in quantity before the merger/acquisition. Who knows, maybe the 1TB platter tech was the final push for seagate to buy them.http://www.techweet.com/video/cebit-201 ... s-1080p-hd