|Seagate Momentus-XT Solid State Hybrid Drive|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 24 May 2010|
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Seagate Momentus-XT Conclusion
Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating for the sample received which may differ from retail versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.
Our performance rating considers how effective the 500GB Seagate Momentus-XT Solid State Hybrid Drive performs in operations against direct competitor SATA storage solutions. For reference, Seagate did not offer manufacturer-specified performance expectations for this product, likely because of Adaptive Memory technology. In our benchmark tests, the Seagate Momentus-XT delivered 126/124 MBps read and write performance in Everest, followed by 108 MB/s peak read/write speeds using ATTO Disk Benchmark (repeated in AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark as well). Operational performance with Iometer was on-par with the Seagate Barracuda-XT, but nowhere near SSDs, and not enough for I/O-intensive applications.
2.5" Notebook drives are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they're forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, Solid State Hybrid drives are meant to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what's expected in terms of the appearance, but unfortunately the Seagate Momentus-XT looks the part of 'strictly business'. Unlike many of the colorful brushed-aluminum enclosures we've seen for SSDs, the Momentus-XT looks like most other notebook HDDs.
Construction is generally a strong point for solid state drive products, and the Seagate Momentus-XT SSD hybrid is no exception. While not quite up to the 1500-G shock resistance that most SSDs enjoy, the Seagate Momentus XT does boast a 539% higher operating shock tolerance than the WD VelociRaptor. Touting a five-year warranty helps to position the Seagate Momentus XT ahead of most other storage products, especially SSDs that often offer a basic 1-year warranty. Seagate delivers industry-leading quality and construction in all of their products, and the hybrid-performance/high-capacity Momentus XT series is the end-result of years of proven industry experience.
As of 24-May-2010, launch day, retail pricing for the Momentus-XT Solid State Hybrid drive is recommended by Seagate at these price points:
500GB Momentus XT ST95005620AS: $156
EDITOR'S NOTE: Awaiting inventory, NewEgg already lists the 500GB Momentus-XT Solid State Hybrid drive we've reviewed here in this article for $129.99 (which is $26 less than the MSRP).
If we compare HDD vs Hybrid vs SSD on a value-to-performance scale, the Momentus XT wins hands-down. Based on our real-world test results, the Momentus XT trails behind the Vertex SSD by only 7% but outperforms the VelociRaptor by 22%. At only $0.31/GB of storage capacity, the Momentus XT delivers 156% better cost value than the VelociRaptor ($0.79/GB) and nearly 700% better value than the Vertex ($2.49/GB). The difference of 7% performance in most Windows applications is hardly worth the added expense of a standard SSD.
In conclusion, the Seagate Momentus-XT has delivered on it's promise to deliver quick SSD-like performance to the Operating System and installed applications. After months of working with a SSD, my brief switch to the Momentus-XT solid state hybrid for testing purposes brought only a few occasional moments that contrasted the difference. In comparison, my switch from SSD to high-performance hard drive (VelociRaptor) was painfully frustrating and kept me waiting on applications to open. If you're an impatient person who needs the computer to open programs as fast as you can click on the icon, the Seagate Momentus-XT offers an excellent blend of SSD speed with HDD capacity. Performance computer enthusiasts who can't afford a SSD, or require greater capacity than SSDs offer, owe it to themselves to invest in a Seagate Momentus-XT Solid State Hybrid Drive.
+ 22% Faster than 10,000-RPM WD VelociRaptor
- Lacks SSD-like IOPS operational performance
Final Score: 8.85 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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