It's déjà vu all over again. The Barracuda SSD is Seagate's second consumer SSD. The first came to market all the way back in May 2013 under the Seagate 600 label. We were highly critical of Seagate in our 600 Series review and not much has changed since.
Despite being the most recognized name in computer storage, Seagate still doesn't have a firm grip on SSDs. Granted, Seagate doesn't have a flash fab, or an abundance of controller IP, but that isn't an excuse to bring lackluster SSDs to market. Adata and HP also lack flash and controller IP but have some of the best consumer SSDs shipping today with the SX8200 and EX920.
Low performance isn't the only issue with the Barracuda SSD. Two Seagate SSDs, one server-focused Nytro 141 and now the Barracuda, have issues with a common gaming notebook. I reported the issue last year when testing the Nytro 141 and somehow it persists today in a new retail product. The reboot issue was acceptable to a degree on the Nytro 141. The drive was destined for a very specific configuration and then a few thousand leaked into the channel. The Barracuda is a retail release so the limited availability excuse doesn't apply here. If we had similar issues with other SSDs this wouldn't be as large of an issue, but only two drives have the warm reboot problem and they both come from Seagate.
The current flash oversupply market will continue to bring companies back into selling branded SSDs. Just last week we looked at GIGABYTE's first SSD that uses the same hardware configuration as the Seagate Barracuda. Competition is good for shoppers but it also acts as a dense fog for those not informed. Seagate's name and distribution alone will sell SSDs but the Barracuda SSD is not the product we wanted to see from the company. Leave this one on the shelf and reach for a product from a company with more experience in flash. We still really like Seagate's hard disk drives like the Barracuda Pro, but success in spinners doesn't equate to making great SSDs.
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