- Premium AV-Class Hard Drive
- Capture of to 12 HD video streams
- Designed for 24x7 reliability - 1M Hour MTBF
- Ideal for NVR / DVR / PVR / IPTV
- Height: 9.50mm
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Quick and quiet?! 06/20/2013
Pros: This drive runs EXTREMELY cool and quiet. It's also quite fast. In HDTach on my AMD SB950 based chipset (SATA 6gbps) system, the drive managed to pull off a quite impressive 95mb/sec average read and a 15.6ms random access time. That's almost as fast as my 7200.12 rpm drive! You can't hear the drive spinning, but you can hear the occasional noise in a silent room with data being written to it.
I temporarily had the drive hooked up via. eSATA, in a hard drive dock. Definitely not the best for heat dissapation or silencing the drive...so i'm extremely impressed.
The drive is able to handle recording multiple video streams at once from a few network cameras (too bad my cameras aren't able to push my 802.11AC network), But with how speedy this drive is, I'm sure it could handle a bunch more.
After benchmarking the drive against a Hybrid SSDHDD, the mechanical portion of this drive is a little faster at sequential reads and writes, and has a much quicker random access time. Again, I'm very impressed with this drive.
These drives are NOT to be used as storage or a boot drive! AV work only. It handles errors VERY differently than any other drive on the market. Instead of pausing and retrying like most drives, it accepts the error and continues. Would you rather have a corrupt frame of a video or a minute of missing time in your video? Although, it is kind of a pro...depending on what you use the drive for. If you get this drive, it should only be used for recording video of some sort! Surveillance video or maybe even some TV shows/movies. This drive is NOT a regular hard drive!
Some of the 3.5" GP-AV drives were just as fast as the Caviar Green drives, but ran a bit warmer to the touch. This is most definitely NOT the case with this drive.This seems to be exactly what anybody would want in a notebook sized drive, recording many streams of video. Whether it's surveillance or media related, it'll do the job.
The only question is: how long will it last? With temperatures like this, I imagine a bit longer than most. Heat kills drives, and I haven't been able to make this drive warm to the touch. 30c MAXIMUM in an 85 degree Fahrenheit room?! I approve.
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