You are not registered yet. Please click here to register!
[Anandtech.com] Seagate's 2nd Gen Momentus XT: More NAND, Larger Capacity - i4memory.com - different look at memory
Tags Register Blogs FAQ Members List Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 29-11-2011, 11:30 PM   #1
News
News Hound
News's PC Specs
 
Join Date: May 19 2008
Posts: 45,282
[Anandtech.com] Seagate's 2nd Gen Momentus XT: More NAND, Larger Capacity


It's been over a year since I reviewed Seagate's first hybrid hard drive: the 500GB Momentus XT. At the time I felt that it wasn't nearly as good as an SSD, but likely the best 2.5" hard drive money could buy. Armed with only 4GB of SLC NAND acting as a read cache, the original Momentus XT delivered VelociRaptor performance in a much more power efficient package.

Since then Seagate hasn't updated or expanded its line of hybrid HDDs at all. I kept hearing rumors of new drives coming but nothing ever surfaced. More recently Seagate announced that the next version of the Barracuda XT will be a hybrid drive as well.

Today Seagate is announcing availability of its second generation Momentus XT. Now at 750GB with 8GB of SLC NAND (once again, as a read cache), the new Momentus XT is a definite evolution over its predecessor. With a larger NAND cache Seagate can be more aggressive with its caching, not to mention the improvements to the mechanical side of the drive as well. The entire package is still not nearly as fast a value SSD, but it's doing much better than mechanical (3.5" included) hard drives in our tests.

Write caching is still not enabled on the NAND, however Seagate is planning on enabling it via a firmware update sometime in 2012. I've seen results from an early version of the write caching firmware and the improvement is tangible.

The 750GB Momentus XT will be available at a MSRP of $245.

We're still hard at work on our review of the drive, expect to see it later this week!





More...
News is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
2nd, anandtechcom, capacity, gen, larger, momentus, nand, seagate


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools


Similar Threads for: [Anandtech.com] Seagate's 2nd Gen Momentus XT: More NAND, Larger Capacity
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[Techreport.com] Seagate's Momentus XT 750GB hybrid hard drive News Reviews & News Online 0 29-11-2011 11:30 PM
[Anandtech.com] Details on Trinity - AMD's Next Gen APU News Reviews & News Online 0 26-10-2011 06:40 AM
[Anandtech.com] Airport Extreme (5th Gen) and Time Capsule (4th Gen) Review - Faster WiFi News Reviews & News Online 0 06-08-2011 08:40 PM
[Techpowerup.com] (PR) Patriot Announces Viper Xtreme, Division 2 and G2 Memory Kits for 2nd Gen. Intel Core News Reviews & News Online 0 29-12-2010 11:30 AM
[Techreport.com] Seagate's Momentus XT hard drive News Reviews & News Online 0 02-06-2010 01:01 PM


All times are GMT +11. The time now is 07:26 PM.

no new posts