Excerpt: Seagate’s Barracuda line has long been a contender in the 7,200rpm drive space and—7200.11 firmware snafu notwithstanding—has generally vied with WD’s Caviar Black line for the 7,200rpm crown. The Barracuda XT 3TB is a five-platter 7,200rpm drive with 6Gb/s SATA and 64MB of cache, just like the Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000. So what’s the difference?
Pros: Speedy sequential speeds; handy disk wizard for novice users; capacious.
Cons: Slightly slower than Deskstar in real-world test; slightly more expensive.
Conclusion: This isn’t the drive that you’ll choose only for storage, but more for Primary drive with a lot of space at the back. Unlike Western Digital where you will need an HBA, you’ll use the utility to use the “unusable” space that remains behind during OS Installation. Western Ditial’s 3TB EZRS that I received didn’t come with an HBA. But if you have a Asus board with unlocker utility, probably you’ll not need one.
Conclusion: The Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB is the fastest mechanical drive that we have tested. The drive has excellent sequential read and write up to 150MB/s. While SSDs may grab the market headlines, they are still relatively expensive at $1.5 per gigabyte and with capacity limited to a few hundred gigabytes. At 0.08 cents per gigabyte, the Seagate Barracuda XT offers an excellent pricing as a secondary drive to complement the limited storage capacity of the SSD.
Pros: Excellent performance, Balanced read and write, 3TB capacity, SATA 6Gb/s, DiscWizard software for disk cloning and backup, 5 year warranty
Cons: DiscWizard will not work with RAID, May have issue with some chipset (buyers should check with the motherboard chipset manufacturer first)
Summary: The newest EcoGreen is a huge improvement noise-wise over the disappointing F3. Measuring only 13 dBA and 15 dBA at one meter when idle and seeking, respectively, the acoustics of the 2TB F4 at last brings EcoGreen parity with Caviar Green. When it comes to power consumption, the 2TB F4 is actually superior to the 2TB Green, using almost 1W less when seeking, and it idles using the same amount of energy as the WD with its heads parked.
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 6Gb/s SATA III Hard Drive Review
3 October 2010
Summary: In this review PCSTATS will be testing out Seagate's 2TB, 6Gb/s SATA III Barracuda XT hard drive. This 3.5" desktop hard drive features an increased 64MB onboard cache where other 2TB drives only have 32MB and it supports Native Command Queing (NCQ).
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Pros: Very good 162 MB/s read bandwidth with ATTO Benchmark, 3nd-generation SATA 6Gb/s compliant controller, Massive 3-Terabyte storage capacity, Outstanding total-package value, 64MB Cache buffer improves burst transactions, Low-power standby conserves energy, 5-Year Seagate product warranty, Additional performance available via short-stroking
Cons: 2.1TB Barrier not removed via native hardware instruction
Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT 6Gb/s SATA III Hard Drive Review
9 September 2010
Summary: On the PCSTATS test bench today is Seagate's 3TB, 6Gb/s SATA III Barracuda XT hard drive which gets around the 2.1TB desktop storage capacity limitation by creating two partitions (2.1TB + 0.9TB) with the aid of Seagate's free DiskWizard software.
Review of Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT SATA6 Desktop Hard Drive ST32000641AS
8 March 2010
Conclusion: SATA 6 or SATA 3 or whatever you want to call it is a new technology and at this point it’s not that much faster than the SATA 2 interface. The new Seagate Barracuda XT though is a different story, this drive is fast, probably the fastest 7200RPM drive on the market today and I’m sure it will give the 10K RPM drives a run for their money as well.
Pros: Very fast drive, Large capacity, New SATA 3 interface
Cons: SATA 6G Deowsn’t make much difference really