BOOT (WINDOWS 7) AND LOADING (ADOBE CS 5.5)
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Again, with the FAST factor revving up, the Momentus XT produces excellent results, mirroring yields posted by the two closest SSD’s, and backing Seagate’s claim that the Momentus XT “can cut your system start-up time by up to 65% over a traditional HDD.”
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
As a person who owns and uses various SSD’s and the first-generation Momentus drive, I am very happy with the new Momentus XT. It delivers around 120/120Mbps read/write performance, directly competing against like drives on the market, and even challenging SSDs as shown in a few tests.
Fast Factor and Adaptive Memory Technology really help the Momentus XT shine, especially after looking at the PCMark 7, compression and transfer tests, and boot/loading benchmarks. Not only that, but for the Momentus XT to learn and adapt as fast as it does is astounding. For a hybrid to achieve SSD-like results is an amazing achievement and really shows how far Seagate has come in developing hybrid-drive technology based off of the first Momentus.
The creators over at Seagate have themselves admitted that the Momentus XT line is more of a learning process. It is an innovation in every sense of the word, but that does not make it perfect. There are a few issues, especially with the NAND processing as shown by a plethora of tests that outweigh its normal capability. An 8Gb SLC is just too small for today’s standards; it should be at least 32Gb, with 64Mbs of DRAM. This is also the reason as to why FAST is not capable of influencing write tasks. Among garbage collecting, Adaptive Memory, and FAST Management, the NAND just has too much to do with too little.
The other two downsides have nothing to do with the Momentus XT itself, but they do have a direct influence on it. With the recently flooding in Thailand which affected production of over 50% of the world’s hard drives, the prices of hard drives have risen dramatically. The 750Gb Momentus XT was priced at an MSRP of $189, but is now $250, with the 500Gb flavour being $160. Not only that, but Seagate has reduced the warranty from five years to just one. Just as an extra kick, SSD prices have begun to drop. While SSD’s may not have the same Gb/$ value as tradition hard/hybrid drives, many people are taking this opportunity to dive into the SSD market and buy into the hype.
Personally speaking, the Momentus XT would be perfect at $150 for the 750Gb version. With recent events however, one will have to make a conscious decision on which type of drive to buy. Speaking strictly of Momentus XT’s results though, I am honestly blown away. The concept of a hybrid drive was very intriguing to me, and to see it come into fruition as it has makes me confident for the future of hybrid drives. Anything that can lower the GB/$ value and acquiesce SSD-like speeds is a win-win in my book. If you’re on the fence on whether or not to get a hybrid drive, strike while the iron is hot and go for it. You will not be disappointed.
+ Large capacity
+ Hybrid solution performs like SSDs in boot and file transfer tests
+ Supports Native Command Queuing and SMART
+ FAST Factor and Adaptive Memory Technology pick up slack and substitute for exclusive SSD technologies
+ SSD/NAND failure allows the hybrid drive to function as a normal hard drive without the loss of data
+ Exceptionally high shock durability
+ SATA 3.0 compliant
– Price and warranty (post-facility flooding situation)
– Needs more than 8Gbs SLC NAND
– Needs 64Mb DRAM
– Results vary from test to test (non-constant performance)
Overall, I give the Seagate Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Drive a solid and well-deserved 9/10 score, and would like to once again thank Seagate for providing this unique innovation for testing and reviewing.
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