HGST launches Ultrastar C10K1800, world's highest capacity and best performing 10K RPM HDDBy Shawn Knight 27 comments
Solid state drives may have upended mechanical drives in terms of sheer speed but traditional hard drives aren't giving up without a fight. The latest example of this is HGST's new Ultrastar C10K1800 drive, billed as the world's highest capacity and highest performing 10K RPM hard drive.
In a press release on the matter, HGST (a Western Digital company) said the new enterprise-class drive combines high capacity with a significant improvement in both random write and sequential performance for mission-critical storage applications.
The C10K1800 is a 1.8TB drive stuffed into a 2.5-inch form factor with platters spinning at 10,000 RPM. It uses HGST's media cache architecture which uses a portion of the platters as a drive cache. This technology provides a boost of up to 2.5X in random write performance and a 23 percent improvement in sequential performance over prior generation 2.5-inch SFF 10K drives.
The drive is also more power efficient than previous generations. According to HGST, it's capable of providing up to a seven percent improvement in active and idle power savings.
HGST's latest uses the 12Gbps SAS interface but even still, it's really no match for a typical SSD. The drive features a latency average of 2.85ms with a maximum sustained transfer rate of 247MB/sec. What it does offer, however, is more value in terms of capacity versus price.
The Ultrastar C10K1800 drive is now shipping and is being qualified by select OEMs.