Seagate Barracuda LP 5900RPM Green SATA 3Gb/s 1TB Hard Drive ST31000520AS Review
10 July 2011
Summary: I’m not sure I would use the Barracuda LP as my main hard drive as it’s a bit slow really. It might not be bad for an HTPC system but still the heat bothers me a bit for that kind of usage. Right now I’m using a green drive in my computer for my automatic backups and that’s where I think this drive would fit perfectly.
The drive does power down when not in use it seems and then power back up very quickly when needed.
Pros: +Green, low power drive, +Large capacity, +Can be SATA 6 gb/s, +Decent speeds
Seagate Barracuda Green 2 TB Hard Disk Drive Review
27 May 2011
Summary: We were really impressed by the Barracuda Green 2 TB. It achieved practically the same performance level of the Barracuda XT 2 TB, while costing half as much. Also, it was 15% faster than its predecessor, the Barracuda LP 2 TB. Seagate is definitely on the right track with its implementation of the new Advanced Format using its own translation mechanism.
Summary: The Barracuda Green 2TB is a compromise between low power 5400 RPM drives and standard 7200 RPM models. Impressively, it performs closer to the latter despite its 5900 RPM rotational speed, but there is a tradeoff. The Barracuda Green is one of the loudest low power drives on the market and isn't as energy efficient as its 5400 RPM competition. It is quieter than any 7200 RPM drives, but a serious SPCR aficionado might not want it in his main desktop PC.
Conclusion: The Seagate Barracuda Green drive with Advanced Format and Smart Align technology is a beast to be reckoned with. This drive is all about a balance of strong performance with low overhead. For just a bit more than $100 you get a massive 2TB of space (before formatting) that is quiet and consumes a low amount of power. Seagate has put a lot of time and research into this drive and it shows.
Pros: Large storage capacity, Priced very competitively, New Advanced Format 4K technology, Seagate Smart Align, Higher 5900 RPM spin speed, Low power consumption, 64MB cache, SATA 6.0Gbps interface
Excerpt: With the massive amounts of digital content now at our disposals, spend enough time in front of a system, and eventually it'll require a storage upgrade. We live in a digital world where games take up more storage space, cameras generate larger images, and camcorders produce higher definition videos than ever before. It's only a matter of time before even the average user saturates the drive in their PC.
Pros: Lots of capacity, Good write performance, 64MB Cache
Conclusion: The Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB drive really has us looking at upgrading some of our older traditional hard drives to this new drive due to the fact that it has plenty of storage, all readily available at quick speeds. The differences seen when comparing this drive to a drive that was a fine performer just a short while ago are astonishing to say the least.
Summary: Had this for a few weeks now. Very Happy with it
Ran some benchmarks using AS SSD
Acc 16.944 ms
Summary: I have upgraded to this from Barracuda 7200.11 that I have used for storage. I was reluctant to go for the 5900 rpm drive as I though it would be a step backwards, but went for this as I is apparently faster than WD Green.
Having benched the drive I was surprised it was actually faster than me previous 7200 rpm HDDs.