|Seagate Barracuda 3TB Hard Drive ST3000DM001|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 01 November 2011|
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Seagate Barracuda Conclusion
IMPORTANT: 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 specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.
Beginning with performance, the new Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3-platter hard drive has proven itself worthwhile. In all file transfer tests, three disc platters usually outperformed five. However, when it comes to operational I/O performance, the opposite was true and the older Seagate Barracuda XT outperformed by a small margin. Using PCMark Vantage as a real-world performance benchmark, the new Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 excelled at video editing with Windows Movie Maker and Windows Media Center. Overall, the new Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 proved itself to be a solid replacement for the older Seagate Barracuda XT ST33000651AS series.
Previously the Barracuda XT touted a five-year warranty, which helped position the series ahead of most other storage products. The new Barracuda ST3000DM001 arrives with a much shorter two-year warranty, although the low operating temperature and power saving rotational shut-down features may make a long-term warranty moot. Since spinning mechanical storage technology is so mature, especially from a company like Seagate, there are no issues with the Barracuda in terms of compatibility or firmware functionality... UEFI-based systems can utilize all 3TB right out of the box. Seagate delivers industry-leading quality and construction in all of their products, and the high-performance/high-capacity Barracuda series is the end-result of years of proven industry experience.
Available as of 1 November 2011, the three-platter Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 hard drive presently sells for $170 at Amazon. This works out to less than $0.06 per gigabyte of storage capacity, which is pennies on the dollar in comparison to SSD technology. To put things into perspective with SSDs, a hypothetical 120GB Barracuda HDD would cost less than $7 - or roughly 5% the price for any solid state drive of the same capacity. For storage-hungry gamers and performance enthusiasts wanting performance and high-capacity storage, the Seagate Barracuda is an exceptional drive with plenty of value.
Based on the current condition of today's desktop storage market, it's still very much a hard drive friendly world. While SSD technology will eventually replace hard disk storage some day soon, there's no evidence as to when solid state storage can match capacity at the same price point. The 3TB Seagate Barracuda Hard Drive ST3000DM001 resists that forthcoming change for at least a while longer, and its massive three-Terabyte capacity paired to the future-proof SATA 6Gb/s interface will certainly help punctuate this. The affordable cost to capacity ratio puts the Barracuda ahead of SSDs by a long-shot, while still offering respectable bandwidth performance speeds for enthusiast computer systems. Now capable of 1TB platters, it won't be long before we see 5TB hard drives.
+ Very good 162 MB/s read bandwidth with ATTO Benchmark
- 2.1TB Barrier not removed via native hardware instruction on older O/S's
Final Score: 8.7 out of 10.
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