Review: Seagate 600 480GB SSD

Posted November 1, 2013 by Sam Chen in Reviews
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Seagate Joins the Fray

seagate-600-480gb-ssd-custom-pc-review-11It’s been quite an interesting turn of events over the past couple years in the storage industry. Whereas practically everyone has turned their sights onto the exploding SSD market, both of the largest hard drive manufacturers Seagate and Western Digital were for the most part never to be seen. Although both companies dabbled a bit in the enterprise SSD space and SSD caching solutions, they never really focused their efforts in SSD technology and instead doubled down on traditional hard drives especially in the consumer space.

With 2011, 2012 and soon 2013 becoming record years for SSD growth all while the hard drive market stagnates, it’s no wonder that the big boys are finally looking to get a foothold in the emerging market. While Western Digital is still a bit silent on the consumer side, they’ve been making huge moves on the enterprise side acquiring a ton of smaller enterprise flash storage companies this year. In March they acquired Skyera, in June they acquired STEC, in July they acquired Velobit and most recently in September they acquired Virident bringing in tons of experience and IP to the mix. Seagate on the other hand is also making big moves and in May of this year, they introduced a complete line of SSDs ranging from consumer oriented products to the enterprise.

As you may expect, today we’ll be doing a review on the Seagate 600 480GB, which is Seagate’s entry level SSD and their only consumer oriented offering. The next step up, the Seagate 600 Pro is a enterprise oriented SSD focused on highly consistent performance and data security. That said, let’s take a look at what the Seagate 600 offers.

Seagate 600 Specifications

5mm, 2.5″ Form Factor

Manufacturer Seagate Seagate Seagate
Model 600 600 600
Model Number ST120HM001 ST240HM001 ST480HM001
Form Factor 5mm, 2.5″ SATA 5mm, 2.5″ SATA 5mm, 2.5″ SATA
Capacity 120 GB 240 GB 480 GB
Controller Link A Media LM87800 Link A Media LM87800 Link A Media LM87800
NAND 19nm Toshiba MLC Toggle NAND 19nm Toshiba MLC Toggle NAND 19nm Toshiba MLC Toggle NAND
Sequential Reads 550 MB/s 550 MB/s 550 MB/s
Sequential Writes 450 MB/s 450 MB/s 440 MB/s
Interface SATA 3 6GB/s SATA 3 6GB/s SATA 3 6GB/s
Warranty 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years

7mm, 2.5″ Form Factor

Manufacturer Seagate Seagate Seagate
Model 600 600 600
Model Number ST120HM000 ST240HM000 ST480HM000
Form Factor 7mm, 2.5″ SATA 7mm, 2.5″ SATA 7mm, 2.5″ SATA
Capacity 120 GB 240 GB 480 GB
Controller Link A Media LM87800 Link A Media LM87800 Link A Media LM87800
NAND 19nm Toshiba MLC Toggle NAND 19nm Toshiba MLC Toggle NAND 19nm Toshiba MLC Toggle NAND
Sequential Reads 550 MB/s 550 MB/s 550 MB/s
Sequential Writes 450 MB/s 450 MB/s 450 MB/s
Interface SATA 3 6GB/s SATA 3 6GB/s SATA 3 6GB/s
Warranty 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years

The Seagate 600 comes in six different models with three models in the 5mm, 2.5″ form factor and three models in the more common 7mm, 2.5″ form factor. Seagate is the first company to mass produce SSDs in the 5mm, 2.5″ form factor although it’s difficult to say whether it’ll enjoy the same level of success as 5mm, 2.5″ hard drives with M.2 (NGFF) form factor SSDs already on the market. The 600 will be powered by a LAMD (Link_A_Media) LM87800 controller paired with Toshiba’s very fast 19nm Toggle NAND, which provides the Seagate 600 with performance of up to 550 MB/s reads and 450 MB/s writes.

Let’s go ahead and take a closer look at the Seagate 600.


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