Is Rapid Hybrid Drive a NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD?


I have found this little gem in Microsoft Surface Studio advert. Check it out…

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6 responses to “Is Rapid Hybrid Drive a NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD?”

  1. 5536

    It doesn't look like Hybrid HDD to me but type of PCIe M.2 SSD.

    Screenshot taken from the advert:

    Samsung NVM PCIe SSD for comparision:

    Samsung NVMe SSD

    • 6852

      In reply to bukem:

      I wondered about this too. It's very bizarre - the video clearly shows an SSD, not a spinning disk, but then why not just call it an SSD? And I've never heard of a hybrid drive that had entirely separate interfaces to the motherboard for the SSD cache and the spinning disk components.

      Would be nice to get a definitive statement on this. I think most of what we're reading are just reporters' assumptions about the meaning of "rapid hybrid drive."

      • 180

        In reply to ecumenical:

        Lenovo has - or had - a whole line of laptops and desktops that had that configuration, separate SSD and HDD components. They used a software component to make it work, ExpressCache I think it was called. There was also an Intel technology that did the same with 2 separate devices that was built into their RAID hardware.

    • 4563

      In reply to bukem:

      That definitely looks like a M.2 connector.  We have all these websites reporting on specs but nobody has bothered to get the full details. Things like which skylake version is included, storge type, ram speed etc.

  2. 180

    Paul mentioned in either First Ring or Windows Weekly that it's a spinning drive with an SSD component, similar to Apple's Fusion Drive. Honestly at this price, like the 8GB RAM in the base Studio model, that's enormously disappointing.