X-bit Labs has taken a look at seventeen SAS hard disk drives from four different manufacturers with capacities ranging from 74GB to 600GB, you can check it out over here.
But the computing world has changed. Applications and operating systems have become heavier and put forth higher disk subsystem requirements. At the same time, SAS drives have come to cost reasonable money and SAS controllers are now integrated into nearly-mainstream mainboards. On the other hand, a fundamentally new type of storage media has entered the market in the way of solid state drives. Having a fantastically high speed of reading, SSDs are less good at writing. Moreover, their service life is limited by the number of flash memory rewrite cycles (magnetic storage media are not subject to this problem). SSDs also have a very high cost of storage as yet.
Can SAS drives serve as a reasonable compromise in the three-coordinate system (speed, reliability and price)? This sounds like an interesting topic for an upcoming review. Today, we will just get together SAS drives that have been produced in the last four years to provide you with a complete picture of this market sector..