Reviews and Problems with Seagate Momentus XT (STBD750100/ STAN500200/ ST750LX003/ ST93205620AS/ ST95005620AS)
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Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive Review
29 September 2013
Conclusion: We would personally love it if the price of SSDs was to fall dramatically allowing us and laptop manufacturers to install larger capacity SSD’s as standard. However, this is clearly not going to happen any time soon, so instead we do genuinely think this is one of the best alternatives out there.
Excerpt: Seagate has been one of the popular brands as far as computer peripherals and accessories are concerned. Recently the company announced their Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Drives in capacities of 250GB, 320GB, 500GB and 750GB. With SSDs and HDDs in the market, these Solid State Hybrid Drives (SSHDs) aim to get the best of both worlds. Let’s have a look at how the Momentux XT 750GB performs.
Summary: The Momentus XT is for gamers that don’t have room for an SSD and a regular drive or can’t afford a large capacity SSD. At about $180 at time of writing, it’s not much more expensive than a regular 2.5″ 7200 RPM drive of the same size. It’s definitely worth spending the few extra dollars and getting the hybrid drive if you plan on using the drive as a boot volume or plan on running applications from it.
Summary: The second-generation Momentus XT performs much better than the first-generation model, even when the caching system isn’t used. In our tests, the performance advantage of the second-generation drive was between 17% and 100% over the first-generation drive in this scenario, depending on the test.
When the drive had time to “learn” how you use the computer, its performance jumps between 80% and 152%, which is really impressive.
Conclusion: One of the key features of the Momentus XT is the ‘Adaptive Memory Technology’ that’s basically a self-learning algorithm that notice your most used programs and stores their data on the cache. So every time you run those programs again, they will be loaded as quickly as an SSD since the data is being read directly from the 8GB NAND Flash.
Excerpt: Whether it’s cars, dog breeds, or plant species, it seems like there are hybrid versions of just about everything these days. It’s not a bad idea—why not mix two generally wonderful things to create something even better? That’s what Seagate hopes to accomplish with its next generation of hybrid drives. The Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive packs the storage of a standard hard drive with the speed of an SSD.
Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Solid State Hybrid Drive Review – SSD Performance With HDD Capacity
3 January 2012
Conclusion: CONS - Price and warranty (post-facility flooding situation) - Needs more than 8Gbs SLC NAND - Needs 64Mb DRAM - Results vary from test to test (non-constant performance) Overall, I give the Seagate Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Drive a solid and well-deserved 9/10 score, and would like to once again thank Seagate for providing this unique innovation for testing and reviewing. Thoughts or Comments? TAKE IT TO THE THREADS!!!
Summary: If you want the fastest performance possible, then a full-fledged SSD such as the Samsung 830 Series ($209 for 128GB) is still the way to go. However, if you need more than 128GB of storage and can't afford to mortgage the farm for a 256GB or larger SSD, the Seagate Momentus XT is your best upgrade option.
Pros: Fast boot times, Speedy app opens, Lower cost per GB than SSDs
Conclusion: If you have the extra money to spend, this drive is definitely one of the fastest mechanical disks that we’ve ever tested. It would be a significant upgrade to a laptop that has a 7200rpm HDD in it, and a mind-blowing upgrade for a laptop that is saddled with a 5400rpm HDD. Seagate made a very, very savvy move in creating this drive.