As many of you know, Seagate launched their first hybrid HDD/SSD-type storage solution for consumers yesterday under its Momentus XT series. These new drives are based on traditional high-performance (7200rpm) 2.5-inch mechanical hard drives, but include a technology Seagate calls Adaptive memory which will move the most accessed files into a much faster solid state flash area for optimal performance that improves over time. The end result is significantly improved performance + large drive capacities, whereas a 256GB+ SSD will still cost a small fortune and is out of reach for most consumers budgets.
ASUS loves the Momentus XT enough to partner up with Seagate and include Momentus XT series drives in their Republic of Gamers G73Jh-A3 notebooks. This means much better storage sub-system performance without increasing the cost of their laptops a great deal.
ASUS says that when testing the G73Jh-A3 with a Momentus XT drive it noted a 29% performance improvement in the PCMark Vantage HDD gaming test suite and 33% in the productivity test suite when compared to a traditional 7200rpm mechanical drive. When running Microsoft's Velocity benchmark ASUS also saw a 44% decrease in system boot to desktop time and Call of Duty: Modern Warefare 2 loaded 43% quicker.
ASUS' G73Jh-A3 will soon be available on e-tailers sites like Newegg and Amazon with the new Momentus XT drive installed. For further details, you can read the full announcement here.