About a month ago, we were able to get our hands-on one of the very first Seagate Desktop 6TB drives meant for the average consumer by harvesting it from the LaCie 2Big Thunderbolt 2. Today, we harvest yet another drive from Seagate in the form of the 5TB Desktop HDD. This time around, we were able to gather this drive from a NAS appliance sent to us for review.
Like the 6TB model we reviewed last month, this 5TB drive houses 1TB platters inside with an areal density of 633Gbits/in2, and while the model we have in the lab today is not available at retail, in the coming months they should start appearing on store shelves, albeit with a new model number.
Let's dive in and take a close look now.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability
Again, we have to look over at the Enterprise Capacity V4 to get an idea of what the specification of the 5TB Desktop HDD will emulate. As we know, the Desktop variant will not carry many of the features found in the Enterprise Capacity V4, but the basics should be very similar. However, things do get a bit tricky in Seagate's portfolio as SMR enabled drives are just around the corner, and if you so happened to look at marketing materials on the product webpage, you will find a similar drive with model number ST5000DM000 that is in fact SMR enabled. The drive we have in house does not use SMR technology.
With that said, looking at the specifications above from the performance section on down, we fully expect this drive to carry those features. Of course we start with the 7200 RPM spindle speed with a max sustained transfer rate of 216 MB/s. Average latency is listed at 4ms, while idle and typical power are listed at 6.9 and 11.27 watts respectively.
MSRP for the Seagate Desktop HDD 5TB is a bit tricky. We found that Seagate's website is offering the SMR powered ST5000DM000 for $225.99 at CDW, but if we monitor other online retailers, we know the 6TB Desktop HDD lands at $299.99, while the 4TB sits at $179.99. This leaves Seagate with roughly $120 to play with so we would assume this drive will land somewhere around $249.99 if it ever comes to retail in its five platter variant.
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