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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Crystal DiskMark

Crystal DiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds; and allows you to set the number of tests iterations to run. We left the number of tests at 5 and size at 100MB.

Once again the SSHD Thinís true performance cannot be accurately judged by standard synthetic tests. It has been built for real world scenarios and not synthetic benchmark junkies. Of course, once again the hard drive portion of the SSHD Thinís Hybrid equation is disappointingly slow by modern standards. Even in an increase in areal density can not make up for such a large reduction in rotational speed.

PCMark 7

While there are numerous suites of tests that make up PCMark 7, only one is pertinent: the HDD Suite. The HDD Suite consists of numerous tests that try and replicate real world drive usage. Everything from how long a simulated virus scan takes to complete, to MS Vista start up time to game load time is tested in these core tests; however we do not consider this anything other than just another suite of synthetic tests. For this reason, while each test is scored individually we have opted to include only the overall score.

Finally we get a glimpse of this drive's true potential. As with all other synthetic tests, the first run shows what the hard drive portion of this hybrid is capable of since the learning algorithms donít kick in. However, the 8th run shows how fast the SSHD can be.

Of particular interest is the difference between the 1st and 4th and the 4th and 8th runs. As you can see the learning curve is extremely short and is actually better than the previous generation in this respect. As with all Hybrid setups, repetition and patience is the key to success. Only through multiple application start-up and shutdowns can these drives ďlearnĒ your usage patterns.

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