The 600 SSD 240GB is a solid first release for Seagate, but I have to admit I'm a bit disappointed with the performance in this capacity size.
I hate to say it, but I'm going to go ahead and toss this out there. Congratulations Seagate, you managed to make a Corsair Neutron GTX SSD, 11 months after Corsair. I don't feel that way about all of the capacity sizes. Our 600 SSD 480GB review is also live, and the extra flash helps stabilize write performance and consistency. If Seagate used 24nm flash, the 240GB write consistency would have been better, but with eight channels and eight 19nm NAND flash chips, the interleaving isn't ideal for the best possible write performance. We're running into the same issue with other SSD's moving to 19 and 20nm flash. The best performance is now in the higher capacity sizes. That wouldn't be an issue if all of the 25/24nm drives were already sold.
Without a price, we really don't have a lot to talk about today. We've covered the performance, but in the consumer market, the dollar is king. Seagate's three year warranty leads us to believe they will position this product closer to the 840 than the 840 Pro, but given their limited experience with SSD's, the gate is wide open to speculation. We rarely see low-cost SSD's using 19nm Toggle Mode flash, much less the new Type C version.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the Seagate SSD launch. We have a lot to cover today!
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.