Seagate's 600 Pro is marketed as a light enterprise solid state storage solution. Because of its enterprise pedigree, a 600 Series Pro SSD is a drive that has superior endurance and better heavy duty write performance than typical consumer based SSDs. In addition, the 600 Series Pro has on-drive power loss protection via integrated tantalum capacitors.
Seagate has tapped Link A Media's (LAMD) venerable LM87800 controller to power their third generation SSDs. Link A Media's LM87800 controller has an enterprise pedigree that makes it an ideal choice for Seagate. Seagate collaborated with LAMD to develop the LM87800 controller, which makes the LM87800 a logical choice for the 600 Pro.
Because the 600 Pro is designed to handle enterprise workloads, utilization of high quality flash is essential. Seagate utilizes 19nm Toshiba toggle mode flash in BGA packages on their third generation SSDs. Utilization of premium flash and a healthy dose of over-provisioning produces a drive with superior write endurance, i.e. enterprise class endurance.
Seagate doesn't make the components utilized in the 600 Series Pro, but never-the-less, the Seagate 600 Series SSDs are powered by Seagate. What makes the 600 Series tick is Seagate's in-house custom firmware. Writing their own firmware allows Seagate to tune their third generation SSDs performance for the intended market, whether it be consumer or enterprise.
An enterprise focused SSD typically makes for a superior enthusiast class SSD. Problem is, typically enterprise class SSDs are priced out of the enthusiast market. We consider Seagate's 600 Pro a hybrid of sorts because it's one of the only true enterprise class SSDs that's not priced out of the enthusiast market.
Until now, it's been hard-to-impossible for us to visually quantify in our reviews what advantages over-provisioning and enterprise tuned firmware really have to offer an enthusiast/professional. We know that endurance can be increased exponentially by heavy over-provisioning; we know this because we can see that for ourselves by taking a look at the TBW a drive is warrantied for. We can now show you exactly how much better a drive that is heavily overprovisioned will perform in the most demanding environments.
Our senior storage editor, Chris Ramseyer, recently introduced our readers to a new benchmark created by Futuremark. PCMark 8's command-line-executed consistency test, really for the first time, allows us to see pronounced differences in real-world performance between SSDs. Futuremark's consistency test spits out over 3500 lines of data. This data, when properly disseminated, can shed a new light on performance, even allowing us to see exactly what over-provisioning brings to the table.
We already showed you what kind of drive scaling you can expect from native Intel 6Gb/s ports in our recent six drive Seagate 600 Pro 200GB RAID Report; today we are going to focus on how a two drive Seagate 600 Pro 200GB array stacks up against the competition. We will be utilizing our Test Setup 1 bench featuring the superior performance of our ASUS Maximus VI Extreme board. All our two drive array RAID Reports, with the exception of mSATA, are run on our ASUS board.