Three 2.5" SAS Drives: Enterprise Data Giants, Compared

Benchmark Results: Power Efficiency

The performance per watt for streaming read workloads looks great for both the Hitachi Ultrastar C10K600 and the Seagate Savvio 10K.5. Both deliver high throughput, while maintaining relatively low power consumption.

Because of its optimized  I/O performance, the Hitachi drive easily takes the prize for performance per watt at typical workstation loads.

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  • compton
    Toms with some more review niceness. Thanks for another interesting article. I don't think mechanical storage is going anywhere soon. For better and worse we'll still have it around for a long, long time to come. Even when SSDs hit that magical speed/capacity/cost point to be ubiquitous for mainstream consumers, enterprises will still need HDDs as part of their storage needs. HDDs are at least a known quantity that are still getting better.
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  • bit_user
    3rd paragraph: "have to be taken into considered". You also didn't mention capacity and cost/GB, where mechanical disks still reign supreme.

    Also, why not benchmark a 3.5" disk, but only use the outer portion. If both that and a 2.5" have the same density and rotational velocity, then the 3.5" should win due to higher I/O speeds resulting from higher linear velocity.
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