Monday, July 23


Daily News Stuff 23 July 2018

Tech News

  • Benchspotter reviews Seagate's 2.5" FireCuda SSHD.  The results are meh; the added 8GB solid-state cache is enough to make a 5400 rpm drive run like a 7200 rpm drive, but it is not remotely like a true SSD.  (Benchspotter)

    I wish they'd put a useful amount of cache in these drives - 32GB at least; 128GB better.  That would increase the price, sure, but on the other hand it would actually be useful.

  • ServeTheHome have EPYC video of hot-swap NVMe action which is frankly not that exciting because it all just worked.  NVMe drives on EPYC systems are wired directly to the CPU, not the chipset, so this is fairly neat anyway.

  • I still don't have NBN.

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1 Both WD and Seagate had available models with larger SSD caches in the first generation of SSHDs, I suspect they just found the market for higher performance spinning disks too small, given the software SSD cache solutions and the falling prices of 1 TB SSDs. Just enough SSD to make 5400 RPM drives performance competitive with 7200 RPM drives with lower power, noise, heat, vibration while occupying a single slot or SATA port probably appeals to enough OEMs to be worthwhile.

Posted by: Kayle at Tuesday, July 24 2018 01:58 PM (TtvMc)

2 WD had and interesting device that was a 128GB SSD and a 1TB 2.5" drive, but it needed special software to work, and appeared as two separate drives.  I don't remember seeing a mainstream SSHD with more than 8GB of cache though.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, July 24 2018 08:28 PM (PiXy!)

3 First gernation Seagate Firecudas were available in 8 GB and 32 GB NAND versions. That 120 GB NAND was the Black2. They also had 24 and 32 GB NAND Black models which may not have ever been offered on the retail market, which apparently do need a special driver (I just remember having read of their existence previously, had to google the other info just now).

Posted by: Kayle at Wednesday, July 25 2018 12:12 AM (TtvMc)

4 Thanks for that.  Yes, I'd forgotten they originally had different models with different cache sizes.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, July 25 2018 01:07 PM (PiXy!)

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