Seagate has officially updated their FireCuda line, the solid-state storage with high-capacity HDD hybrid drives. The new models sport a thinner 7mm form-factor (2.5″), rocking the company’s multi-tier cache technology as well as 1 TB SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording) plates.
The FireCuda line of SSHD will be available in 1TB and 2TB 2.5″ drives and 1TB and 2TB 3.5″ drives. The FireCuda line used SMR, Shingled Magnetic Recording, technology in order to increase storage density by up to 25% by slightly overlapping newly written magnetic tracks.
The 2.5″ drives are 7nm thick and feature 5400 RPM spindle speed, coming in with 128 MB of DRAM cache buffer. The 3.5″ drives will feature a 7200 RPM speed disk with 128 MB of DRAM cache buffer. All drives will feature the same amount of DRAM cache memory and 8 GB of MLC NAND cache, which stores frequently used data to the faster NAND memory for much faster access time and boot time like an SSD. Seagate promoting FireCuda line as a gamers drive offering much quicker load time infrequently playing games and applications.
The FireCuda drives uses the SATA 6 Gb/s protocol, with power consumption rated at 0.45 W idle, 1.6/1.7 W read/write power for the 500 GB and 1/2 TB drives, and 0.5 W idle, 1.7/1.8 W read/write power consumption. Seagate is offering a 5-year warranty on these new FireCuda drives.