Whenever shall it happen? SCSI is moving away from 10,000 and on to 15,000. We normal non-rich people might be able to afford SCSI if it wasn't for the card (I think Adaptec's latest Ultra160 SCSI card is like $300 without tax - maybe we could if the card was $50 and the drives cost twice as much).
With the arrival of ATA-133, this sounds like a good idea (supposedly 7200 RPM is barely able to achieve maximum rates on ATA-100). Speaking of which, will anyone besides Maxtor be making ATA-133?
And shouldn't we start seeing at least 4MB caches in upcoming drives?
I think alot of people would be pretty suprised on how much faster transfer times are, and how long it takes their computer to load with a 1GHz ThunderBird with a 15,000 SCSI, than a 2100+ Athlon on a 5400 ATA-66 drive.
I haven't seen a significantly higher than normal failure rate on new WD drives, it's just that it seems their warrantee replacement drives are purposely bugged to break after about 90-180 days. So their warrantee is close to worthless, which is why I don't recommend them.
An 8.4GB replacement drive with a Jan 2001 build date that died last June. Since last June I've been liquidating my stock, so no more problems (no more new replacement drives to have problems with). But between May of 2000 and June of 2001, 5 out of 6 replacement drives I got from WD died within 6 months. 4 of them died within my standard 90 warantee period on used systems.
Intel and most HDD manufacturers have been ignoring Parallel ATA-133. They all want to go directly to Serial ATA 150 (150MB/s or 1500Mbps).
I have Adaptec 29160W, the 64-bit PCI version. I thought it costs around $100 in the US market, no?
Since Western Digital already has made 8MB standard in its latest 80GB, 100GB, and 120GB models, Maxtor, Seagate, and Samsung have only two ways to go, to offer the same 8MB in their future drives, or to offer 16MB instead.
Hm... Seagate's 15K.3 and Fujitsu MAS have 8 or 16MB buffer and use SCSI320 or FC 2Gbps interface, Fluid Dynamic Bearing, and 18GB platter.