ATA66 is fast, but...

— 12:52 AM on February 23, 2000

... it sure can't touch SCSI on the high end, especially now. Thanks to Josh Maizel for sending me this press release from Storage This one definitely fits into the "Holy Crap" category; Seagate has announced the Cheetah X15, the world's first hard drive with a rotational speed of 15,000 RPM. The drive will be an 18 gig model, and is expected to cost under a grand when it comes out (early Q3, they guesstimate). Yeah, that's a lot of cash, but wow. To quote from the press release ". . . 15,000 RPM, 3.9 msec average seek times, data rates of up to 48MB/sec, 4 and 16MB cache options, Ultra160 or 2Gbit Fibre Channel interfaces . . ."

Did I say wow? Equally impressive in my mind is that the power consumption and cooling requirements are the same as the 10,000 RPM model. And if anyone from Seagate is reading, if a few of these showed up on my doorstep, I wouldn't be too terribly upset. Just FYI. Heh heh.

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