Solid state storage is the most important performance component found in a modern system today. Without it, you do not even have a performance system.
Seagate's 600 Pro offers enthusiasts like us a rare opportunity to own a light enterprise class SSD, without taking out a second mortgage. The 600 Pro's massive endurance and consistent performance over time are hallmarks of a superior SSD. When you throw on-drive power loss protection into the mix, you have a piece of hardware that gives you peace of mind knowing your data is accessible at blazing fast speed, and your data's integrity is being safeguarded for the long haul.
Seagate's 600 Pro series will cost you a little more, but it's an investment that we believe is well worth the relatively small additional amount you will spend on solid state storage for your computer. There are other consumer based SSDs you can buy that come with five-year warranties, but none that are rated for the massive endurance you get from a Seagate 600 Pro with 27% overprovisioning. Seagate writes their own firmware, and has tuned their 600 Pro for workstation/light enterprise performance and reliability. Usually a piece of hardware that's workstation class is going to be priced out of the typical enthusiast's price range, but not the 600 Pro; for a little more, you get a whole lot more.
To quickly recap: Our findings today show that a two drive array blows the doors off of a single drive, which is expected. There is a significant boost in performance going from a two drive array to a three drive array, especially sequential performance. Performance does increase when you move to four through six drive arrays, but nothing like we see when going from a two drive to three drive array. A three drive array is the sweet spot, because we are able to peak Haswell's sequential bandwidth at three drives. More than three drives will produce higher IOPS, and of course more capacity, but not more sequential speed.
We're not done with the 600 Pro just yet; we're going to do a two drive RAID review that will compare the 600 Pro against other arrays in a head to head showdown. At that time, we will introduce a new consistency test designed to show you what kind of performance you can expect from your drive/array for the long haul. Think of it as being what your drive/array's performance will look like after a year of use.
RAIDing two or more drives together provides you with storage that takes performance to the next level, and is something I recommend you try. Once you go RAID, there's no going back.
PS: A TweakTown reader testimonial: "I use solidworks and was not expecting a bump, but it was huge -- feels like a double, especially in rendering -- which I though was CPU constrained only.
Solidworks must be doing a lot of disk writes during renders. In fact everything seems to be significantly faster." The reader we are quoting is comparing the difference between a single 256GB SSD, and a two drive SSD array.
PRICING: You can find the Seagate 600 Series Pro SSD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Seagate 600 Series Pro 100GB SSD retails for $202.60 at Amazon, the Seagate 600 Series Pro 120GB SSD retails for $174.87 at Amazon, theSeagate 600 Series Pro 200GB SSD retails for $347.92 at Amazon, the Seagate 600 Series Pro 240GB SSD retails for $400.00 at Amazon, the Seagate 600 Series Pro 400GB SSD retails for $777.64 at Amazon, and the Seagate 600 Series Pro 480GB SSD retails for $803.69 at Amazon.
Canada: The Seagate 600 Series Pro 100GB SSD retails for $179.99 at Amazon Canada, the Seagate 600 Series Pro 120GB SSD retails for $179.99 at Amazon Canada, the Seagate 600 Series Pro 200GB SSD retails for $294.99 at Amazon Canada, the Seagate 600 Series Pro 240GB SSD retails for $363.91 at Amazon Canada, the Seagate 600 Series Pro 400GB SSD retails for $858.48 at Amazon Canada, and the Seagate 600 Series Pro 480GB SSD retails for $679.56 at Amazon Canada.