Seagate Introduces Pulsar Solid State Drives

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  1. HardOCP News

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    The SeagateĀ® Pulsar™ solid state drive is the first SSD product in the new Pulsar solid state drive family from Seagate. The Pulsar SSD is designed to meet OEM performance, power, size and reliability requirements for enterprise blade and general server applications. The Pulsar SSD differs from other products within the Seagate enterprise portfolio because it leverages non-volatile flash memory rather than spinning magnetic media to store data. Designed for enterprise blade and general server applications, the Pulsar SSD leverages 30 years of Seagate history of meeting enterprise customer expectations in product development, qualification and ongoing support on a worldwide basis.
     
  2. PyroHoltz

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    Interesting stuff, but I'm excited for them to break into the consumer market and see how they do. As always more competition is a good thing, especially for price.
     
  3. Jakalwarrior

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    Wonder if the controller is any good.
     
  4. jalaram

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    It's about time, still too little info about it.
     
  5. krupted

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    im still waiting for WD to come out with an ace... intel sure is looking strong in this market though. would be hilarious if intel becomes the #1 storage company and WD is forced to sell. not funny because the market would suffer, but hilarious because it would be such an epic collapse.
     
  6. MrGuvernment

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    Wonder how long until the first firmware update bricks em?
     
  7. Chilly

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    WD is still making a killing off its platter based Devices, and has already been selling SSD's(to the enterprise market) for a little while.

    I'm not worried about WD overall
     
  8. terryww

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    Finally some competition.
     
  9. R0N1

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    It's about time that the major hdd makers jump on the ssd bandwagon. The Pulsar reminds a bit of Samsung's ssd, would be interesting to see what kind of controller and firmware it uses.
     
  10. Phoenix333

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    Glad to see this. SSD's are the future, and the more companies that compete, the faster prices will drop and the quicker the technology will improve. I'll certainly be glad when I can finally afford one!
     
  11. Trepidati0n

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    I just don't know if I can keep handling these "move backwards to move forwards" situations. I mean...LCD's are just starting to get as good as CRT's were in their prime". In the long term, they will pass CRT's for overall quality.

    While SSD's have many positives...the cost/density and general density penalty is still obnoxious for as hard as they are being pushed
     
  12. krupted

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    apples and oranges a bit though, because you can buy a 120gb ssd to use as an operating system drive, and a large platter type for storage. it didnt really work that way with monitors, most people didnt sit a CRT side by side to a new LCD and called it a 'dual view' setup.

    i too will be really happy when ssd's get to at least twice the cost as harddrives. i wouldnt mind spending $120 on a 500gb ssd, of course thats a few years away still.
     
  13. PheonixChameleon

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    A 500gb SSD.. by the time they compact that much flash storage it will be chugging away as slow or slower than an HDD.. or atleast with the abysmal rate of improvement we've seen over the past year or so.

    They rushed the technology out with such high promise.. but it's really been inch by inch and a lot of stagnation as far as progress goes.
     
  14. quixotic

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    If I had to guess it's the only company that can put a serious damper on consumer SSD prices if it enters the market.
     
  15. MrGuvernment

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    How are they moving backwards, they aren't, new tech always costs more, we know that ?
     
  16. PheonixChameleon

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    Mr. Guvernment.. we're moving backwards because the write speeds are slower.. and the densities haven't even been close to being equivalent. Add the fact that there have been a rash of bugs associated with SSDs as of yet.. and what you have is a premature technology rushing out the door, that is more and more being pushed towards the consumers when it's only real improvement is read speeds.

    For what a good sized SSD (atleast 100gig or so) cost right now, you can make up the difference by adding more ram, then grab a TB or so worth of HDDs, and still have saved money.
     
  17. imajeanius

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    or RAID it up
     
  18. MrGuvernment

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    Yes, good points. i didnt realize write speeds were bad still, i thought they had gotten past that already.
     
  19. Decibel

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    You can't say the current SSD write speeds are bad. I just ran a quick set of benchmarks on my Torqx SSD vs my WD SE16. In no single test did the SSD not thoroughly and completely thrash the platter based drive.

    I'm running the latest firmware, which is known to slow the Barefoot based drives. Get better TRIM support... lose a little speed...

    SSDs still suffer from being on the bleeding edge. (It's my wallet that's bleeding right?) They are a big (huge, massive, apatosaurus in size) step forward in performance.

    Isn't that kind of what we do around here? We were the early adopters... the Alpha consumers. We buy it, then we tell our friends about it. A marketing dollar to us, is worth hundreds to the general public. Except we usually have the know how to see through the BS.

    I look forward to seeing what WD can bring to the table.