Thread started by SuperNova on Wednesday, 11:18am April 27th with 4 replies. Views: 1,880
11:18am Apr 27th 16
First off, just wanted to say a huge thanks to Chris at Mwave and the guys from Seagate for allowing me the opportunity to complete this review!
Seagate ST1000LX001 1TB Hybrid SSHD with 32GB NAND storage
This is a beautiful 2.5'' drive. Designed as a 1TB laptop sized drive, it comes in at 9.5mm thick - providing the power you'd expect from an SSD with the storage of a HDD. The drive itself is built as a 1TB 5400RPM HDD, with a 32GB NAND storage that employs complex firmware algorithms to determine the important data and provide you with the power that you would expect from a drive of this calibre. To put that in basics; you see a 1TB drive in your computer and the drive does the rest. No special drivers or software required.
To put this in the words of Seagate, the drive is "...Equipped with the most optimized amount of NAND flash and utilize Seagate Adaptive Memory technology Seagate Adaptive Memory technology is a self-learning technology that tracks data usage and prioritize frequently used data for fast access in the solid state portion of the device.".
To test the performance of this drive, I put it through some benchmarks and also some real world tests. Since the 32GB NAND utilizes the Adaptive Memory technology, the benchmark tests tend to not provide a applicable view of the drive; however are still included for reference.
The same machine was used for testing all drives, running the following specifications:
• I7 3770k @ 4.5ghz
• 16GB DDR3 @ 2133mhz
• MSI R9 390x 8gb
The following drives were used for reference in comparison to the Seagate 1TB drive:
• Corsair Force Series GS 240GB SSD
• Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 (2x in RAID0)
The first tests run were using the PCMark 8 Storage Test. This was only run on the SSD and the Seagate 1TB to try and gauge the performance against an SSD.
This test was run 4 times consecutively on the Seagate to ensure that the algorithms had a chance to work to their best potential.
Corsair SSD Run
As you can see here, each drive had its own spot in the element. The storage bandwidth of the Seagate outperformed the Corsair by almost 1MB/s. However outside of this, the Corsair was faster. This simply comes down to the fact that the majority of read/writes were going to the mechanical part of the drive – and while each time the benchmark was run there was an improvement; the SSD component was not able to show off its true potential.
Comparing these results to a single Western Digital 1.5TB HDD benchmark:
WD HDD Run
Here we can see that the SSHD has come in well above the performance of the mechanical HDD – showing a clear difference in both overall benchmark score and benchmark time taken for each segment. This clearly shows the SSHD coming into its element; with similar storage capacity, similar price and smaller form factor - but a much higher performance than generic mechanical hard drives.
Next a disk benchmark was run, which tests file read/write speed to the drive. This was run on all 3 drives with results listed below:
As seen here, the SSHD was holding extremely consistent speeds across the range of file sizes – unlike the HDD and SSD. While the HDD and SSD had higher average speeds, at smaller file sizes they were not reaching their full potential whereas the SSHD was performing at a better average speed compared to peak. Again, since this is a direct read/write it does not take full advantage of the algorithms built into the drive. Because of this, some real world tests were run.
The first test was CSGO. This test was run on both the HDD array and the SSHD to simulate real world use. In reality, most users would have their game on their normal HDD – so testing against a RAID0 array was putting the SSHD at a disadvantage. However; let's see how it performed.
Both instances were tested at the same graphics settings, on Dust2 with 8 bots for a full match.
Graphics settings were as follows:
Based on a full round of gameplay, the HDD raid provided an average of 230fps, with the game never dropping below 230. However; the SSHD averaged at 280 and never dropped below 250. This is a huge difference in FPS between the two drives!
The second test was Rocket League. Graphics settings were the same on both drives; below for reference:
While the results were closer on Rocket League, the FPS never dropped below 200 on both drives but the SSHD still averaged 15-20fps higher than the HDD raid.
At the end of the day, the Seagate ST1000LX001 is an amazing drive for the price and quality. Coming in with the 32GB NAND version at only $188 dollars, it is certainly much cheaper than an SSD at the same size. If you're chasing a drive that is both large in size but has many applications, the Seagate ST1000LX001 is the drive for you. With its 2.5'' form factor, it is the perfect upgrade for a laptop or gaming console. The 32GB NAND flash storage will slip right into its element with your most used files, providing you with the performance of an SSD, the storage of a normal hard disk, and a price tag that will make you wonder if it's too good to be true.
As seen with the real world applications and the benchmark tests, the drive is perfect for real world applications and is the perfect addition to any gaming environment. With the 1TB storage available, all of your games can live on the drive and launch within seconds.