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Seagate Thin SSHD 500GB Full Review - Third Generation Hybrid

Subject: Storage
Tagged: sshd, Seagate, hybrid

Caching Performance and Boot Times

Caching Performance

Now to the results. First a look at PCMark Vantage runs. We perform three passes on each Hybrid solution. Ideally the first pass will run at near HDD (uncached) speed, while the second and third passes will evaluate cached performance. So long as the data remains cached, performance should remain at the higher level.

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You'll note the new SSHD has made considerable gains over the previous model, and even nipps at the heels of the pure HDD cached with Intel's SSD 311 SSD (via Z68 RST caching). The Toshiba toggle-mode flash appears to be responsible for higher ultimate throughput, enabling higher marks in the mostly sequential Windows Media Center streaming portion of the test. toggle-mode flash does have a bit of an edge on IMFT where ultimate throughput is concerned, which is especially important when there is only room for a single flash package on the device. The ultimate ratings of the bottom three charts are limited by the SSD 311 and Momentus XT G1 having only an SATA 3GB/sec interface.

Boot Times

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The newer SSHD boasts speedier boot times as well, coming dangerously close to the native Intel RST caching solution, and very handily beating the OCZ RevoDrive. The Revo has a hard time with this test as the first half of the boot is uncached until the Windows caching driver is loaded, while Intel RST caching is native to the BIOS and kicks in just after POST. Seagate's caching is, of course, enabled whenever the drive is powered up.

May 15, 2013 | 09:35 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 | 10:02 PM - Posted by BoseEinstein

Speaking of storage I thought the following was also interesting!
One SSD Vs. Two In RAID: Which Is Better?,3485.html

May 20, 2013 | 04:36 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 | 01:49 PM - 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 | 08:19 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 | 06:52 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

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

July 14, 2013 | 03:25 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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