Apple Fusion Drive: Speedtest & Demo [Video]

Apple Fusion Drive: Speedtest & Demo [Video]

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Tldtoday has posted a speed test and demo of the new Apple Fusion Drive.

Available as a configurable option at the Apple Online Store, Fusion Drive is a breakthrough concept that combines the high storage capacity of a traditional hard drive with the high performance of flash storage. With Fusion Drive in your iMac, disk-intensive tasks — from booting up to launching apps to importing photos — are faster and more efficient. That’s because frequently used items are kept at the ready on speedy flash storage, while infrequently accessed items go to the hard drive. The file transfers take place in the background, so you won’t even notice. As the system learns how you work, Fusion Drive makes your Mac experience even better. And you don’t have to do a thing.

Take a look at the video below...

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Simon - November 9, 2012 at 2:38pm
Pretty impressive. I just wish they would offer the fusion drive with 256gb SSD option.
Tipp - November 9, 2012 at 4:23pm
It's already built into Mountain Lion 10.8.2, and you can do it yourself on any machine that supports 10.8.2. It will be interesting to see if Apple offers official support for this in Disk Utility or on the flip side, if they remove the commands to do it from machines that didn't come with the "Fusion Drive" as an option at purchase. Story with linked tutorials here:
MonkeySee - November 9, 2012 at 4:57pm
It's absolutely true. I put Samsung 256G SSD in the machine in conjunction with the existing 2TB drive and reinstalled OSX 10.8.2 on the SSD. Next, I instructed the machine to store and access all movie files in a Movie Folder create on the 2TB drive. The performance of is quite extraordinary. The movie experience is unaffected because it's read-only and limited by the data rate of the file only. All other frequently accessed files are kept on the SSD. Second test: pair a couple of 500G drive, set up as RAID0, with the SSD and set up a Document folder on RAID. The result: nearly twice as fast as the single HD. No need to buy Fusion.
SeaMonster - November 9, 2012 at 2:08pm
Seagate should sue!
Tipp - November 9, 2012 at 2:11pm
Hahaha. You guys are all wrong. You don't understand what this is. It's 2 physical drives SDD+HDD managed by the OS as 1 logical drive. It's not a Seagate hybrid that has a minimal amount of flash storage on a standard HDD logic board as a cache.
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