Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) today announced channel and OEM shipments of the Momentus® XT drive, the world’s fastest 2.5 inch laptop PC hard drive, combining SSD-like performance with the massive capacity and much lower cost of HDDs. The Momentus XT drive also features Adaptive Memory™ – a groundbreaking new technology from Seagate that learns and optimises the drive’s performance for each user by moving frequently used information into the flash memory for faster access. The Momentus XT solid state hybrid drive boots up in almost half the time of traditional 5,400 RPM drives, the mainstream spin speed for laptop PCs, and sets new benchmarks for real-world system performance for laptops and gaming systems.
Today’s high-performance SSDs for mobile computing cost as much as 10 times more than hard disc drives of the same capacity, with the price of a 250GB SSD outstripping even the cost of many laptop PCs. As a result, most consumers and system builders are unwilling or unable to pay the high price for the greater speed and quiet operations of SSDs. Additionally, SSDs offer fewer capacity options than hard disc drives.
The Momentus XT drive is a best-of-both-worlds solution that combines a 7,200 RPM spin speed, 4GB of solid state memory and Seagate’s Adaptive Memory technology to deliver unprecedented hard drive performance. The unique Adaptive Memory technology works by identifying patterns in how often certain digital data is used, and then moving the most frequently used information to the embedded solid state memory for faster access – effectively tailoring hard drive performance to each user and their applications.
“For notebook PC users looking forward to faster PC performance, without sacrificing storage capacity or affordability, there is now an option,” according to John Rydning, IDC’s Research Director for hard disc drives. “Seagate’s new Momentus® XT drive is the first storage device for notebook PCs that raises the bar for affordable capacity and performance.”
“We see the Momentus® XT drive as a game changer, a product heralding a new generation of hard drives that combine SSD and HDD capabilities so that laptop users do not have to make trade-offs on speed, cost or capacity,” said Dave Mosley, Seagate Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management. “The feedback we have received from customers, industry experts and early reviews has been overwhelmingly positive, and Seagate will continue to drive innovation that provides more value and a better computing experience to consumers.”
Momentus® XT Drive brings Unprecedented Speed to New ASUS Gaming Laptop PC
ASUS has also announced that it will offer the Momentus XT drive as an upgrade option for its new Republic of Gamers (ROG) G73Jh notebook. The system is powered by an Intel i7 720Qm quad-core processor, 8GB of DDR3 memory, and DX11 capable ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5870.
“With the Momentus® XT drive, ASUS gives gaming customers who prefer the ASUS ROG G73 the capacity they need and the performance they crave,” said PC Wang, Vice President of the ASUS Systems Business Group. “Seagate’s innovative solid state hybrid drive delivers to a wide audience the best value, capacity and SSD-like performance hands down.”
The Momentus XT drive is installed as easily as a traditional 9.5mm-high notebook drive for new systems or laptop upgrades and, unlike early hybrid drives, operates independently of the operating system and the motherboard chipset.
ASUS and Seagate unveil the Momentus® XT Drive and the ROG G73JH with a Live Webcast
On Wednesday, 26 May, Seagate and OEM customer ASUS will co-sponsor a live webcast unveiling not only the new Momentus XT solid state hybrid drive, but also featuring the new ASUS ROG G73JH system with two Momentus XT drives. Three lucky attendees of this webcast will win a new G73 system just for attending.* Special guest speakers will provide an in-depth look at how this drive will transform high-performance computing.
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Early Reviews of Momentus XT
Industry experts have evaluated Momentus XT. For their insights, please visit Seagate’s blog, The Storage Effect.
For more information visit the Momentus XT drive product page.
Seagate also unveils new addition to mainstream Momentus® Family: 750GB spinning at 7,200 RPM
In addition to the Momentus XT drive, Seagate is delivering the world’s highest capacity 7,200 RPM drive at 750GB. This new Momentus 750GB drive is a traditional hard disc drive designed for mainstream to high-performance computing and external backup enclosures. The Momentus 750GB drive also features a SATA 3Gb/s with NCQ interface, 16MB cache with silent acoustics and low power consumption. The Momentus 750GB drive delivers high capacity with high performance and further enhances the feature-rich options already available in the Seagate Momentus family of 2.5 inch notebook drives.
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