Summary: In Premiere Pro and PCMark Vantage, though, the Barracuda’s scores were slightly slower than those of the Hitachi Deskstar—12 seconds slower in Premiere Pro and around 600 PCMarks (whatever those are) behind the Deskstar. The Barracuda XT is a wicked-fast drive with a helpful software wizard for legacy users. But with an MSRP of $270 and real-world scores slightly lower than those of the cheaper Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000, it’s not necessarily the best bang for your buck.
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.
Excerpt: Now that motherboards with the Intel P55A Chipset are flooding the channels, it means USB 3.0 and SATA3 devices are going to become more popular. But, we’re just now starting to see these peripherals leaking in to the market albeit very slowly and in limited quantities.