The latest 2TB Seagate Barracuda XT hard drive will benefit from a 6Gbps SATA interface that offers double the theoretical bandwidth of existing SATA II drives, giving you the ability to enjoy up to 600MBps in burst transfers. In real life though, the drive blazes at 140MBps where sustained transfer rate is concerned, partly aided by Seagate’s use of 64MB of onboard cache for a mainstream drive. Folks who have built a computer around the SATA II interface need not fret – the Barracuda XT will also support SATA II as well. Expect the Seagate Barracuda XT to ship later this week for $299 a pop.
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