Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Hybrid Drive

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Our Test Methodologies: Under each test condition, the drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a standard spinning hard disk for the OS and benchmark installations. Out testbed's motherboard was updated with the latest BIOS available as of press time and AHCI mode was enabled. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 and SSD Powered

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Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-2600K

Asus P8Z6-V Pro
(Z68 Chipset, AHCI Enabled)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285

4GB Kingston DDR3-1600

Seagate Momentus XT 750GB
Seagate Momentus XT
Seagate 7200.10 500GB + Intel 311
OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid (1TB)
Crucial M4 (256)

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Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
Intel 9.2.0.1030, iRST 10.5.1027
DirectX 11

NVIDIA GeForce 275.33

Benchmarks Used:
ATTO v2.47
CrystalDiskMark v3.01 x64
PCMark 7

ATTO Disk Benchmark
More Information Here: http://bit.ly/btuV6w

ATTO is a "quick and dirty" type of disk benchmark that measures transfer speeds across a specific volume length. It measures raw transfer rates for both reads and writes and graphs them out in an easily interpreted chart. We chose .5kb through 8192kb transfer sizes and a queue depth of 6 over a total max volume length of 256MB. ATTO's workloads are sequential in nature and measure raw bandwidth, rather than I/O response time, access latency, etc. This test was performed on blank, formatted drives with default NTFS partitions in Windows 7 x64.

Please note, the ATTO benchmark will not show the benefit of Seagate's adaptive memory technology. Rather, this benchmark shows somewhat of a worst-case scenario where the Momentus XT is limited in performance by its spinning hard disk platters.

The new Seagate Momentus XT offered better performance across the board in comparison to the original Momentus XT and was also faster than the HD integrated into the RevoHybrid. The standard SSD was much faster, however, as was the RevoHybrid when its solid-state cache comes into play.
 

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Great review Marco, glad to see Seagate is keeping up with these drives. I have the 500gig momentus xt in my wife's laptop. I love it, speedy with more room than an ssd. We really only use the laptop for basic tasks(internet, office, music/movies) so this drive is perfect, and I would recommend it to anyone who is in the market for space and wants that little extra kick in the pants.

That being said I agree with you Marco, for a desktop there are certainly better options but for a laptop I think it works really well.

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The Seagate Momentus XT was a revolutionary drive at it's time... It was the first hybrid drive that was adorable and in the face of all the competition, it carved a niche for itself.

Today, not so much...

I mean it's nice that Seagate is keeping up by adding a more efficient algorithm and a SATA 6Gbs interact but let's be honest, there are newer SSD's and hybrid drives out there that are more powerful and more efficient then the original Momentus and more surprisingly the newest Momentus. Again, it was the product of it's time and while it may serve some people the same way as the original product did, I think it's about time they took it back to the drawing board.

Still, good review Marco!

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Still good to see that Seagate developed the Momentus Xt series a bit more and for a single HD disk with a bit of storage& is no slouch for a single -drive set-up. very nice to see that the $.31 per GB cost is not to shabby either for the increased boot/ and speed performance upgrade.Be interested to see what the price of a 500GB version like the one Drake mentioned would be to recommend as well.By the time the HD prices get back to normal in a bit be interesting to see what some decent 250GB SSD drives will be going 4 for as well.

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Pretty cool... I don't think this will last all that long though.

The price of SSD's will be going down quickly I think, especially the first generation SSD's that are ~250mbps

Recently bought a 160gb ssd for ~$130... which is a great price.

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A nice evolution but honestly, nothing new. This is still a 1st gen hybrid drive

If this were a 2nd gen hybrid, I'd expect at least 16-32GB of flash per terabyte, and it wouldn't be read-only either.

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cannot wait for these guys to come up with 1TB of those puppies

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I love the idea of this drive, even though im not a huge Seagate fan, ive been pretty curious about them and i wish i could win one rather than have to go buy one.I really like the idea of SSD's too, but im just as leary of those too. I hate venturing into unsure tech and being totally dissapointed with it, and worst of all, being stuck with it and out the cash!!

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I remember the flood in Singapore or Malaysia causes the price to rise in HDD

$200~ for a WD Caviar Black 1TB pretty sad :_(

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That is a sick set of stats for a product fitted to preform, it was created with i7 in mind and the best of the best to be its companions, i am not a little bit irked at the thought of not having one but then again i do love my hardware. it would be quite a great experience to take a top of the line hardware set and connect with this hard drive the only issue would be finding something it couldn't do.

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I had one of the '1st' gen 500Gb hybrid drives. For all intents and purposes it didn't feel any faster than the regular drive it replaced. Now that was in a notebook and its possible the IO was gimped in a similar way that intel does with its netbook chipsets, but you'd still expect a bit faster performance right?

With SSDs continuing to drop in price (though not anywhere near as fast as I'd like) and offering absolutely noticeable performance improvements over spindle based drives, I'm not really sure there is a big enough market for these hybrid devices. Perhaps 5-8 years ago when they were first proposed they would have been amazing, but now.... meh

For me, its a case of too little too late.

Seagate and WD have to get off their backsides and start throwing some big dollars at creating their own lines of true SSDs instead of letting the small fish (corsair, OCZ, etc etc) eat their dinner.

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