Link_A_Media or LAMD powered SSDs are not as common as Marvell or SandForce based SSDs. There are two major players that offer SSDs powered by LAMD controllers - Seagate and Corsair. The Seagate 600 series we have on the bench today is Seagate's current mainstream solid state storage solution.
The 600 series is Seagate's first large scale concerted effort to penetrate the mainstream consumer SSD market. Seagate has chosen to partner with LAMD and Toshiba to produce the 600 series SSDs. Seagate has had a long relationship with LAMD and collaborated with them in the past to produce controllers for Enterprise based SSDs.
We like the LAMD Amber LM87800 controller at the heart of the 600 Series SSD. First introduced to the world by Corsair in their Neutron Series of SSDs, the LAMD Amber FSP has already earned a reputation for being extremely reliability and delivering consistent performance in a steady state.
The type of NAND utilized in a SSD is every bit as important as the flash storage processor (controller) for performance and reliability. Toshiba's 19nm Type C 3K P/E toggle mode BGA NAND packages are as good as it gets these days and an excellent choice for Seagate's 600 series SSDs.
Seagate is a huge corporation and as such has the resources to write its own custom firmware for their SSDs. Having the ability to write their own custom firmware allows Seagate to tune the 600 Series' performance and reliability via in-house testing and validation.
Seagate's 600 series SSD is already a proven performer so what we want to explore of course is what that performance looks like magnified by RAID 0 and driven by the latest Intel chipset.
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