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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  • 5536

    28 October, 2016 - 2:48 am

    <p>It doesn’t look like Hybrid HDD to me but type of PCIe M.2 SSD.</p>
    <p>Screenshot taken from the advert:</p>
    <p><img src="; width="876" height="489" /></p>
    <p>Samsung NVM PCIe SSD for comparision:</p>
    <p><img src="; alt="Samsung NVMe SSD" width="824" height="585" /></p>

    • 6852

      28 October, 2016 - 9:52 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#23252">In reply to </a><a href="../../../../users/bukem">bukem</a><a href="#23252">:</a></em></blockquote>
      <p>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.</p>
      <p>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."</p>

      • 180

        28 October, 2016 - 1:07 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#23323">In reply to </a><a href="../../../../users/ecumenical">ecumenical</a><a href="#23323">:</a></em></blockquote>
        <p>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.</p>

        • 6852

          28 October, 2016 - 3:54 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#23376">In reply to </a><a href="../../../../users/Polycrastinator">Polycrastinator</a><a href="#23376">:</a></em></blockquote>
          <p>Hmm, that’s interesting. Could be what’s going on here.</p>

    • 4563

      Premium Member
      28 October, 2016 - 12:48 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#23252">In reply to </a><a href="../../../../users/bukem">bukem</a><a href="#23252">:</a></em></blockquote>
      <p>That definitely looks like a M.2 connector.&nbsp; 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.</p>

  • 180

    28 October, 2016 - 9:28 am

    <p>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.</p>


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