Seagate SSHD Thin 500GB Review

Author: AkG
Date: April 28, 2013
Product Name: Seagate Laptop SSHD Thin 500GB
Part Number: ST500LM000
Warranty: 3 Years
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ATTO Disk Benchmark

The ATTO disk benchmark tests the drives read and write speeds using gradually larger size files. For these tests, the ATTO program was set to run from its smallest to largest value (.5KB to 8192KB) and the total length was set to 256MB. The test program then spits out an extrapolated performance figure in megabytes per second.

Just like the first and second generation Seagate Momentus XT line it supersedes, this new SSHD doesn’t use its NAND for ATTO either. This certainly does make synthetic testing quite difficult as this is the de-facto standard most manufactures use.

Even excluding the NAND, the hard drive portion of this new SSHD is rather slow by modern standards. We do have to question whether or not the reduced asking price – and potential increase in battery life – will make up for the fact that this new drive acts a lot like old and slow predecessors.

On the positive side, these new SSHD Thin drives do scale very well when in RAID.

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