As we mentioned in the introduction, we plan to write more RAID reports again now that the some of the other product categories have shifted to new TweakTown writers. Personally, I miss having the time to develop new tests and work on special projects.
The Seagate 600 SSD is a good SSD for the consumer market, but in RAID the write performance suffers a bit more than we like to see. In our single drive test we observed the sequential write performance dropping down to around 25MB/s after some light random write tests. The LAMD controller is able to increase performance quickly due to aggressive garbage collection, but the lows are just too low and the highs are not high enough.
One way to get around this is to increase the amount of overprovisioning on the drives, just like the enterprise 600 Pro models. At this point we're waiting on price information to see how much of a premium the 600 Pro will run.
The Seagate 600 SSD launched today and we have a lot more coverage to come. Stay tuned!
Update: Newegg just gave us our first glimpse of prices for Seagate's new 600 SSD Series. All pre-order prices are well below $1 per GB, a move that surprised us. If the pre-order prices hold up, then the 600 SSD is a helluva value coming in much less than any other LAMD controlled product on the market, and much lower than Samsung's 840 Pro and OCZ's Vector.
If we would have known pricing was this low our entire outlook on the drive might have been different. When it comes to mainstream SSD's the Seagate 600 is faster than many of the Team SandForce drives costs about the same. Look for more in our Mainstream SSD Roundup coming right after Computex.
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