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Monday, 03 June 2013

Seagate 600 SSD Review

Since its inception, the consumer SSD market has comprised a diverse collection of competitors. The makeup is varied in part because of the nature of the components inside contemporary solid-state drives: a controller chip, some DRAM cache, and an array of NAND. There are numerous off-the-shelf options for each category, allowing smaller firms to piece together drives without designing or fabricating any of the actual chips involved. Larger flash manufacturers usually sell complete SSDs in addition to the chips that go inside them, and their drives often use the same third-party controller silicon as those produced by smaller players. As a result, the market is teeming with comparable offerings from a range of vendors.

While just about everyone seems to be getting in on the solid-state party, one group has been conspicuously absent. The biggest desktop hard drive makers have all steered clear of client SSDs. They've made strategic SSD-related acquisitions and produced enterprise-oriented drives. Some have even developed hybrid products that combine mechanical platters with flash-based caches. However, they've ceded the market for high-performance system drives.

Well, at least they used to. We've always known the major hard drive makers would enter the client SSD business eventually, and Seagate has finally made its move. Behold the simply named Seagate 600 SSD... Tech Report


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