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Seagate Momentus 5400.3 - Larger, Faster and Quieter - Final Thoughts

By: Cameron Johnson | HDDs in Storage | Posted: May 31, 2006 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Seagate

Final Thoughts


The mobile sector has made some major improvements in the last year, while up until now, the hard disk, the slowest part in any PC (especially a notebook) has now been given a speed boost - and it's certainly about time this happened. Despite its small size, the Momentus 5400.3 has managed to pull some impressive scores for a drive only hitting 5,400 RPM.


Older 4,200 RPM notebook hard drive models were simply too slow and would hold up a laptop to the point of insanity. With processor clock speeds passing 2GHz, system memory capacity over 2GB and graphics cards approaching desktop levels, the poor notebook hard disk couldn't keep up and would make laptop gaming and other scenarios seem like a nightmare.


Seagate has come to the rescue and done a fantastic job to bring the mobile hard disk towards desktop component speeds. With SATA now starting to take hold in mobile markets as the interface of choice simply because of its serial nature requiring less voltage and fewer data pins, we can expect to see 44-pin Parallel ATA drivers taking a back seat and drives such as this one going a long way to helping mobile computing performance reach the same level as desktop.


If you are a noise freak trying to keep the decibels down, this drive is a dream. We disconnected every fan on the test bed for about two minutes while under load to see just how much audible noise could be heard. We only found a few of the usual ticks that come from reading the drive, no noise from the spindle motor. If we had this inside a case, there is no way you would even be able to hear it operate.


We struggle to find any bad points about Seagate's latest range of Momentus 5400 notebook hard drives. Whether you're looking to replace your current slower notebook HDD or add some quick, reliable and quiet portable storage to your PC, Seagate has produced a HDD which is very easy for us to recommend.


- Pros


Fastest notebook drive we have tested


PATA or SATA models


Full range from 40GB up to 160GB, plenty of choice


PMR Technology increases storage capacities


Quiet operation - under 3db at full seek


Reasonable pricing


- Cons


No 7200 model yet (in the new model range)


- Latest Pricing


Seagate Momentus 5400.3 (ST9160821A) 160 GB Hard Drive


Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award



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