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Seagate Thin SSHD 500GB Full Review - Third Generation Hybrid

Subject: Storage
Tagged: sshd, Seagate, hybrid

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

Conclusion:

PROS:

  • Excellent overall performance from a very thin form factor SSHD.
  • Outstanding performance when considering Cost/GB.
  • Caching works full time, without the need for any configuration or driver.

CONS:

  • Cache size is smaller than we'd like to see in a 3rd generation Hybrid.

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Pricing and Availability:

Here's a current snapshot of Hybrid pricing:

  • Momentus XT 500GB (1st gen):          $140 ($0.28/GB) - Newegg.com Link
  • Momentus XT 750GB (2nd gen):         $140 ($0.19/GB) - Newegg.com Link
  • Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD (500GB): $100 ($0.20/GB) - Newegg.com Link
  • Seagate Laptop SSHD (1TB):             $120 ($0.12/GB) - Newegg.com Link

You've gotta love hybrid pricing. $120 for a 1TB laptop drive that theoretically gives SSD-like performance for most real world usage is nothing short of outstanding. We'd like to see the Thin model a bit cheaper, but super slim HDD's come at a bit of a price premium. Also bear in mind the Thin model contains all of the hybrid / SSD components and performance of the larger model, minus 1 platter, meaning a mere $20 reduction in cost is not that far out of line once you think about it.

Warranty:

Seagate SSHD's ship with a 3-Year warranty.

Final Thoughts:

Seagate appears to be leading the way in the mobile Hybrid drive market. Each and every generation has pushed the envelope further and come closer to native SSD speeds. The catch is those speeds are only attained for data that is in the cache, and the meager 8GB of flash seems to be holding these devices back when in the hands of more demanding power users with heavier workloads. While we'd like to see a larger caches in future models, the current Seagate SSHD yields outstanding performance in a very small package, and does so at a very competitive price.

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If a laptop is your primary PC and you can't afford an SSD of the necessary capacity, you no longer have an excuse to be stuck in the stone age. It's upgrade time. You'll be glad you did.

 

May 15, 2013 | 06:35 AM - Posted by Alexw585

I'm glad to see Seagate coming into this market in a strong way. WD and Seagate definitely had to be planni9ng on deploying these SSHDs for sometime as they knew the spinning disc market is becoming more specialized and less general purpose.

Also interesting is the 3 year warranty! Traditionally Seagate has been on the lower side of warranty coverage length since the now-infamous flood.

Can't wait to tell my boss to order some of these in.

May 16, 2013 | 07:02 PM - Posted by BoseEinstein

Speaking of storage I thought the following was also interesting!
One SSD Vs. Two In RAID: Which Is Better?
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-raid-benchmark,3485.html

May 20, 2013 | 01:36 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What poor grammar and spelling! Isn't there anyone who spell checks or proofreads these articles?

May 23, 2013 | 10:49 AM - Posted by Steve (not verified)

Leave it to "Anonymous" to make a comment like that. Poor kid was afraid to tie his name to it.

These are geeks that write this stuff - not English majors.

If you are looking for perfect writings, read a poem.

August 28, 2013 | 05:19 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

One does not have to an English major to use correct grammar and sentence structure. I'd expect that from a sixth grade student. The comment has merit. What's so hard about spell checking and writing correctly, more to the point- what is the benefit of presenting your thoughts incorrectly? I'm sure "geeks" have to capacity to make the effort to write concisely- don't you?

July 4, 2013 | 03:52 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi,
It looks good on synthetic tests, but in real life it is slower that seagate 500gb 7200rpm.

July 14, 2013 | 12:25 PM - Posted by Jose (not verified)

Anybody know when the Seagate ST1000DX001 will be available? I can't seem to find it ANYWHERE! Please advise.

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