Specifications and Pricing
Seagate's 600 Pro SATA III SSD is available in 6 capacity sizes: 100GB, 120GB, 200GB, 240GB, 400GB, and 480GB. The 100GB, 200GB, and 400GB variants have far greater endurance ratings than the 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB variants. Specifications list the 200GB 600 Series Pro SSD as capable of 520MB/s sequential reads and 450MB/s sequential writes. Random read/write speed is listed at 85,000/30,000 IOPS. The write IOPS listed is what the drive is capable of in a steady state.
Seagate's 600 Series Pro is available in a 2.5in x 7mm z-height form factor. At time of this report, a 200GB Seagate 600 Pro retails for north of $300 dollars, making it a sizable investment, but an investment that in my opinion is certainly money well spent.
For most of us, nothing is more valuable than the data we store on our system's non-volatile storage platforms. The hardware, no matter how expensive, is almost never worth what our data is, so paying a little more for the superior data performance and protection afforded by a Seagate 600 Pro makes owning one a great investment.
This SSD is engineered to provide you constant, consistent, and enthusiast/light enterprise performance for the long haul. Seagate warranties the 600 Pro for an industry-leading 5 years and a whopping 520 TBW (Terabytes Written).
PRICING: You can find the Seagate 600 Pro (200GB) for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Seagate 600 Pro (200GB) retails for $338.00 at Amazon.
Since this is a RAID review, we are going to focus on performance rather than features. For a more in-depth look at the Seagate 600's feature set, I will refer you to Paul Alcorns's extensive review of the Seagate 600 Pro SSD.
Drive Details - Seagate 600 Series Pro 200GB SSD
Our drives arrived bare, so we don't have anything to show you as far as packaging goes. The top and sides of the enclosure are formed from a single piece of cast, brushed aluminum that is natural in color. Centered on the top of the 600 Pro's enclosure is a manufacturer's sticker that lists the drive's part number, serial number, shipping firmware, and other relevant information.
The bottom of the drive's enclosure is formed from a piece of sheet metal. The bottom of the enclosure interlocks with the top making it tamper proof.
Normally, we disassemble our test subject/s to show you the internals, but not this time. We know from previous experience that opening a Seagate 600 SSD practically destroys the enclosure. Seagate was kind enough to provide us with an internal photo of a 600 Series PCB (pictured above) so we wouldn't have to rip one open to show you what's on the inside.
The drive's NAND array is located entirely on this side of the PCB along with two DRAM chips and a LAMD Amber LM87800 FSP (Flash Storage Processor). The reverse side of the PCB is devoid of components. There are four high quality tantalum capacitors (yellow rectangles) located just above the drive's flash array. Seagate employs a thermal pad to wick heat from the drive's controller into its enclosure.
Desktop Test System
The majority of our testing will be done with our test drive/array as our boot volume. Our boot volume is 75 percent full for all OS Disk "C" drive testing to mimic a typical consumer OS volume implementation. We're using 64k stripes for all our arrays. Write caching is enabled.
All of our testing includes charting the performance of a single drive as well as a RAID 0 array of our test subjects. We are utilizing Windows 8.1 64-bit for all of our testing.
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