Seagate has released its latest computer device, the Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA 6.0Gbps hard-drive. This new HDD was announced the world’s first SATA 6Gbps hard-drive that is aimed to deal with high-performance workstations. The Barracuda XT 2TB offer a 4-platter 368 Gb/square inch aerial density which is sure to please storage-hungry applications and spins at 7,200rpm and is the first to feature the faster-speed SATA interface, though it’s also backward compatible with SATA 3.0Gbps and 1.5Gbps.
This new edition to the desktop hard drive family carves out the Barracuda XT for the upper-tier of performance. Benchmark Reviews has had great success with the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 series in the past, which already rivaled performance from the WD VelociRaptor in some tests, but Seagate plans to drop the ‘dot’ designation on the 7200 series and simplify their desktop storage family to Barracuda LS, Barracuda, and Barracuda XT.
Seagate’s own in-house testing has shown a 47% performance improvement over standard Barracuda drives in non-linear video editing. Early adopters of the SATA-III (6.0GBps) interface will enjoy a new high-bandwidth high-capacity solution, while enthusiasts and gamers will appreciate the 64MB cache buffer; the largest DRAM buffer on any commercial hard drive. Official pricing is expected to come in somewhere around $299.