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Seagate Delivers World's First 1TB Drive with SAS Interface

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Seagate today announced it has begun worldwide shipment of its 1 terabyte (TB) enterprise-class Barracuda ES.2 hard drives with a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface. Applications addressing rich media content and collaborative applications like email can benefit from the average 135% performance boost over SATA-interface drives along with robust enterprise features and native compatibility.




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Oh damn! Those SAS controllers are looking more appealing every day...

I wonder why no high-end motherboards have built in SAS controllers? That would be sweet.
 
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Just wondering what that would cost ?
 
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Serial-Attached-SCSI. Hmmm, I was actually looking at some nice 10,000RPM 2.5" SAS drives, one was 137GB, but it was quite cheap, but the controller was bloody expensive.
Yeah, basically, the name of the technology behind it should give you a hint as to why it would not be on mainstream and even overclocker's motherboards. All the SCSI drives I've ever seen, along with controllers have been pretty expensive, and almost always restricted to workstations and servers, but I could be wrong, and knowing me, I probably am, heh.
Good thing is, it uses regular SATA cables to connect up the drive, so AFAIK, you can connect up SATA drives to SAS controllers, but not the other way around for some reason.

I don't really see how email would benefit from a fast, large SAS drive, or at least, any more so than it would benefit from any large, fast SATA drive.
 
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Seems to have motherboard compatibility rather than just general compatibility, so maybe it's made only for those motherboards. I dunno, but yeah, it is pretty cheap. Still, until they start integrating SAS controllers on motherboards, prices will likely still stay around or over the $100 mark, which is a bit expensive for most people, considering they can just get a regular motherboard for $100 that supports SATA and IDE hard drives anyhow.
 
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Probably about $1400 or a little better per drive.
 
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*faints*
Frankly, for the average consumer, the Samsung F1 1TB, or the other 1TB drives as well will be just fine, running more than fast enough, and frankly, a whole lot cheaper than that. Not to mention you'd have to buy the controller, and that would be an extra source of heat, and use more power.
Still, always nice to think of what we COULD run, eh.
 

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You can bet its a decent price, more than a SATA 1tb drive.