Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Seems this line from Daft Punk sums up most announcements in the IT industry. Today it is Maxtor's turn to make the fastest, high capacity hard drives. Tomorrow, it will be so

It’s a dubious pleasure being top dog in the IT world, for it only seems to last a moment. Within days and sometimes hours the competition is denouncing you and proclaiming the latest industry benchmark. Still, from our side of the fence it’s all good and kudos to these companies as they keep plugging away. So without further ado we present today’s King: Maxtor with the world’s fastest high density hard drives.


What it has announced are the Atlas 10K V (above) and 15K II (below). Both these drives feature the new SAS interface (Serial Attached SCSI) which means the drives can be integrated with SATA models and spin at a screamingly quick 10,000rpm and 15,000rpm respectively.

SAS also has a data rate of 3Gb/s (inline with SATA II) and Maxtor’s new models come with a second port on the back providing a separate data path to the drives.


The Atlas 10K will be available in the usual capacities of 73GB and 147GB, along with a more normal 300GB and offer a sustained transfer rate of 89MB/sec with an average seek times as low as 4ms. A whopping 16MB cache comes as standard.

The Atlas 15K II range comes in 36GB, 73GB and 147GB variants with a sustained transfer rate of 98MB/sec and seek times of just 3ms. Maxtor claims independent testing has confirmed this to be the world’s fastest drive.

We’re still pressing for pricing and availability on these athletic chaps, but as soon as we have it – you’ll have it.


You’ll have to wait until Q3 unfortunately, obviously pricing won’t come out until nearer the time they ship.


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