updated 07:35 am EDT, Mon September 21, 2009
Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB
Seagate today updated the Barracuda line to include the industry's first drive to use an 6Gbps SATA interface. The 2TB Barracuda XT has twice as much theoretical bandwidth as existing SATA II drives and gives the disk up to 600MBps in burst transfers. In actual speed, the drive is still fast with a 140MBps sustained transfer rate and is helped by Seagate's first use of 64MB of onboard cache for a mainstream drive.
The Barracuda XT will still support SATA II as well as original (1.5Gbps) SATA systems and should still achieve its sustained speed on those models. Seagate should ship the drive by later this week for $299.