Seagate has announced that it has begun shipping its latest generation of Solid State Hard Drives (SSHDs) which are effectively "hybrid drives" since they combine a mechanical hard drive with NAND memory for increased performance. Notable products in the company's 3rd generation of SSHDs include a new 7 mm thin SSHD designed for ultra thin laptops and Seagate's first ever desktop SSHD.
Both versions are advertised as providing SSD-esque performance at a fraction of the cost of a dedicated Solid State Drive, more specifically the laptop SSHD is five times faster than a standard 5400 RPM notebook drive and will improve overall system performance by 30 to 40 percent, according to PC Mark Vantage tests. Similarly the desktop variant will provide four times the performance of a 7200 RPM mechanical HDD and provide a boot time that can be measured in seconds rather than minutes.
Seagate's laptop drives will be available with a maximum capacity of 500 GB and 1 TB for the 7 mm "ultra thin" and normal SSHDs respectively and the desktop version will have a maximum capacity of 2 TB paired with 8 GB of NAND memory.
“Seagate’s engineers have really out done themselves this time. Our new SSHDs serve up your favorite content with the lightning-fast performance you have to experience to believe. With these new drives it’s like adding a turbo-charge to your PC, without having to sacrifice capacity, at a price that’s easy on your wallet,” said Scott Horn, Seagate’s vice president of marketing. “Now consumers can create, store and consume digital content like a pro without having to spend like one.
For more information on Seagate's 3rd Generation SSHDs, visit the relevant product page on Seagate's website.