|Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid ST750LX003|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 29 November 2011|
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Windows 7 Boot-Up Times
One of the primary claims that Seagate makes for its Momentus XT series is improved Windows start times, which we put to the test in this section. According to Seagate, the 2nd-generation 750GB Momentus XT "can cut your system start-up time by up to 65% over a traditional HDD". Our tests allowed the system to reboot ten times to ensure O/S files were cached to the drive before testing began. To normalize our results, the timer started at the POST screen and ended when the Windows 7 desktop appeared. This removed the additional time specialized controllers added (for RAID devices), which initialized prior to displaying the POST screen.
Analyzing the results helps to show how well Seagate Adaptive Memory Technology functions, which appears to significantly improve start-up times with the new 750GB Momentus XT model over a standard hard disk drive. Two 750GB Momentus XT solid state hybrid drives assembled into a RAID-0 array matched boot times with the premium OCZ Vertex 3 SSD, but were only one second faster than a single standalone hybrid drive. One SATA-based 750GB Momentus XT SSHD processed the Windows 7 start-up routine a second faster than the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-Express storage solution, which is impressive considering the price difference.
In the final test section, we compare real-world file transfer performance with the Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Solid State Hybrid Drive...