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.
We will be updating our benchmarking regimen and report format over the next few months. Some of the benchmarks we've been using have already been, or will be, replaced with new benchmarks that drill down deeper into the meaning of real-world performance. We eliminated a couple of benchmarks in this report that we no longer find to be relevant and added a benchmark that we find to be more relevant than any we've ever seen.
As if there wasn't already enough to love about Seagate's 600 Pro SSD, our new PCMark 8 consistency testing sheds even more light as to why we consider this SSD one of the best ever made. Seagate's 600 Pro 200GB has been designed with enterprise workloads in mind. We've always known that an SSD that's designed to perform well in a demanding enterprise setting is an SSD that does have superior performance to a typical consumer-oriented SSD utilized in a demanding enthusiast/professional setting. However, until now, we haven't really had a test that clearly shows things like the advantages of over-provisioning and low latency in a steady state.
Until now, drives like the 840 Pro have dominated our charts, but as we now clearly see, drives that have been optimized for testing that falls into a synthetic or light usage scenario don't always come up looking like stars when we blast them with a heavy duty workload in a steady state. We can even see that some drives, once they hit a steady state, will not recover much by way of TRIM.
Futuremark's Extended Consistency test is really the gold standard of benchmarks for determining how well an SSD is going to perform for the long haul when subjected to the heavy duty workloads that most of our readers will subject their NV storage to. This test also clearly shows you the tremendous advantage RAID 0 brings to the table when heavy duty processing is what's for dinner.
For now, suffice it to say we consider Seagate's 600 Series Pro one of the top three SATA based SSDs ever made. Up next, we have another drive that falls into our top three SATA based SSDs ever made. We will be doing a six-drive RAID report of this drive that will include our new gold standard consistency testing. To sweeten the pot even more, five of you will have a chance to win one of your very own, so stay tuned for that.
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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United States: The Seagate 600 Pro (200GB) retails for $338.00 at Amazon.
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