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HDD performance not increasing over the years

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I decided to look today at some new HDDs.

I have 2 Western Digitals, 1x Blue, 1x Green, Models WD5000AZRX and WD5000AAKX.

They are from 2010-2014 (2010/2012 or 2012/2014) from what i could find.

Their cache is 32/64MB, while the Maximum sustained speed is 150MB/s.

I then check the WD10EZEX, which is a 1TB drive, from supposedly this year.


To my surprise, the performance is identical as those from 5-9 years ago. 64MB cache, maximum sustained speed is 150MB/s.


It seems to me, over the years manufacturers have only increased capacity (density), but not performance. Why is that? Same is with the rest of the drives, at different sizes. Same is with the WD Black, Purple, Red and so on.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-20-2019, 01:47 PM
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performance goes up with capacity, there's only so much you can do without either increasing the platter count or increasing RPM.

the Western Digital Black 6TB (WD6001FZWX) is 220MB/s sustained (as are the Toshiba X300 5TB and 6TB).

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Quote: Originally Posted by The Pook View Post
performance goes up with capacity, there's only so much you can do without either increasing the platter count or increasing RPM.

the Western Digital Black 6TB (WD6001FZWX) is 220MB/s sustained (as are the Toshiba X300 5TB and 6TB).
Another way to put it is that we're pretty much at the physical limits of rotating platter drives. The rapid density increase a decade or so ago and the increase from 5400 to 7200 RPM (and the 10k Raptors) both helped performance quite a bit, but both density and rotational speed are at or close to peak with the materials we have available right now.

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There's also less demand in the market for more performance. SSDs have filled that space. Most HDD buyers are prioritizing cheaper $/GB than performance.

That said, there is enough of a push for increased IOPS that there are some concepts being shown with multi-actuators:
https://www.anandtech.com/show/12169...dd-performance

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Quote: Originally Posted by The Pook View Post
performance goes up with capacity, there's only so much you can do without either increasing the platter count or increasing RPM.

the Western Digital Black 6TB (WD6001FZWX) is 220MB/s sustained (as are the Toshiba X300 5TB and 6TB).
6TB are an overkill for me. And the price is over 4x more than a WD Blue.

I was looking at getting 2x 1TB drives, to replace those 2x500 and 1x320 Seagate i have. Guess i will not do so, performance increase will be literally 0.

I guess that 6TB has 6 1TB plates. My disks are 2 plates for sure.

Quote: Originally Posted by briank View Post
There's also less demand in the market for more performance. SSDs have filled that space. Most HDD buyers are prioritizing cheaper $/GB than performance.

That said, there is enough of a push for increased IOPS that there are some concepts being shown with multi-actuators:
https://www.anandtech.com/show/12169...dd-performance

Basically, the limit of the technology has been reached more or less.

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6TB are an overkill for me. And the price is over 4x more than a WD Blue.

I was looking at getting 2x 1TB drives, to replace those 2x500 and 1x320 Seagate i have. Guess i will not do so, performance increase will be literally 0.

if you only need 1TB then why are you even looking at hard drives?

you can get 1TB SSDs for $80 pretty much any day of the week.

I'm in the processes of taking all the mechanical storage out of my rig and replacing it with SSDs and that's expensive, but a single 1TB drive is super reasonable

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Quote: Originally Posted by The Pook View Post
if you only need 1TB then why are you even looking at hard drives?

you can get 1TB SSDs for $80 pretty much any day of the week.

I'm in the processes of taking all the mechanical storage out of my rig and replacing it with SSDs and that's expensive, but a single 1TB drive is super reasonable
1 TB SSD is literally as much as 2x 1TB HDDs.

I will put it on hold for 6 months at least.

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They could put out 15k rpm scsi drives but what motherboard would be scsi and what not. This is all you can get with spindle technology. Move on to SSD..... I had a cheetah 4GB on a ASUS P2B SCSI and she was 10k ,, very fast, great with windows 98 lol


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