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Seagate 600 Series 240GB RAID 0 SSD Report

By: Jon Coulter | RAID in Storage | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 2:31 pm

Final Thoughts




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.


The 600 series is Seagate's first real push to carve out a significant chunk of the consumer SDD space. Seagate has built a reputation for delivering storage solutions with rock-solid performance and reliability through extensive validation and compatibility testing. This is the reason Seagate is the world's largest purveyor of non-volatile storage.


We feel that Seagate has hit a home run with their 600 series of SSDs. Seagate has chosen its partners carefully, resulting in an SSD that is quality built and utilizing proven components. The LAMD Amber controller powering the 600 series was born from the enterprise sector where reliability and consistent performance are the name of the game. Pairing Link_A_Media's Amber LM87800 FSP with Toshiba Toggle NAND is a recipe for success as we see it.


Looking back at our testing, we see that in certain write intensive scenarios Seagate's 600 series can deliver performance that's second to none. What stands out in my mind is how well our array maintained very low maximum latency response times. This low latency is a testament to the LAMD Amber's enterprise pedigree.


The Seagate 600 240GB SSD is aesthetically pleasing and has a quality feel to it. I like the monochromatic, minimalistic styling Seagate chose for the 600 Series. In my book, sometimes less is more, and I think Seagate's design is on point.


I think there is a bit of pertinent information that's worth mentioning in closing. SK Hynix bought Link_A_Media and now has full control over who gets to purchase the LAMD Amber LM87800 controller. So now, if a vendor wants to utilize an Amber LM87800 controller in their SSD, they must buy SK Hynix NAND as part of a package deal. SK Hynix NAND isn't as good as Toshiba's at this point, so if you want a LAMD controlled SSD that has the superior performance of Toshiba NAND, Seagate's 600 series SSD may be one of your last chances to get your hands on this potent combination.


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.

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