Review: Seagate 600 Pro 200GB Enterprise SSD
Seagate 600’s Enterprise Cousin
A couple weeks ago we reviewed the Seagate 600 480GB, which is Seagate’s latest and greatest consumer oriented SSD. In our review, we found the drive to be a great performing drive carrying a low pricetag and the backing of one of the storage industry’s largest players.
While the Seagate 600 is a fantastic consumer oriented drive, it also has an enterprise oriented twin – the Seagate 600 Pro, which we’ll be checking out today. Now the Seagate 600 Pro is a fairly new category of SSD that’s become quite popular with enterprise users in recent years. Whereas faster, costlier, and more durable SLC NAND has traditionally been used in enterprise environments, many enterprise users have since switched over to MLC NAND based SSDs that are essentially consumer drives with enterprise oriented features and higher binned NAND. This gives enterprise users who don’t necessarily require a lot of writes a lower TCO, but still provides more write endurance than a typical consumer SSD can provide.
Seagate 600 vs Seagate 600 Pro
While the Seagate 600 and the Seagate 600 Pro share many similarities, the Seagate 600 Pro carries a couple enterprise oriented features that separate it from the Seagate 600. The first is power loss protection. The Seagate 600 Pro contains an array of capacitors which flush data out of the DRAM cache in the event of power loss. This is a very enterprise oriented feature that we’ve seen in a number of enterprise and pseudo-enterprise (yeah, looking at you Crucial M500) oriented drives. The second enterprise oriented feature on the Seagate 600 Pro is a longer 5 year warranty with a higher TBW (Terabytes Written) rating. Whereas the Seagate 600 Pro ranges from 105 to 1,190 TBW depending on capacity and over-povisioning, the vanilla Seagate 600 only gets a meager 36.5 to 72 TBW depending on capacity. This is most likely due to Seagate’s use of better binned NAND on the 600 Pro.
Seagate 600 Pro Specifications
|Model||600 Pro||600 Pro||600 Pro||600 Pro|
|Form Factor||7mm, 2.5″ SATA||7mm, 2.5″ SATA||7mm, 2.5″ SATA||7mm, 2.5″ SATA|
|Capacity||100GB||120 GB||200/400 GB||240/480 GB|
|Controller||Link A Media LM87800||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||19nm Toshiba MLC Toggle NAND|
|4K Random Read||80,000 IOPS||80,000 IOPS||85,000 IOPS||85,000 IOPS|
|4K Random Write||20,000 IOPS||8,000 IOPS||30,000 IOPS||11,000 IOPS|
|Interface||SATA 6GB/s||SATA 6GB/s||SATA 6GB/s||SATA 6GB/s|
|Warranty||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years|
The Seagate 600 Pro will come in six models ranging in capacities between 100GB up to 480GB. This is because Seagate has three models of the 600 Pro with 7% over-provisioning and another three models with 28% over-provisioning. This allows the consumer to choose between capacity or long term performance/endurance.
For our review today, we received the Seagate 600 Pro 200GB, which is over-provisioned at 28%. This should offer us a good mix of price, performance, and endurance. While we didn’t get a chance to sample the models over-provisioned at 7%, on paper the performance specs seem quite close to what’s offered by the consumer oriented Seagate 600.
With that said, let’s take a closer look at the Seagate 600 Pro 200GB!