It took them long enough, but with patience and meticulous care, Seagate has finally taken a serious dive into the well-established solid state storage drive market with the 600 series. We took a good look at the consumer level 600 240gb rendition. It was a fantastic performer that tried with all it’s might to keep pace the finest from Intel, Samsung and OCZ. It couldn’t do it, yet performance remains comparable as the Seagate 600 concedes the win the established competition by small barely noticeable margins.
Could the enthusiast level capacity king in the 600 line fare better? I have my doubts. Seagate’s 600 Pro is made from no sterner stuff than the consumer level 600. It is however available in 100-, 120-,200-,240-, 400-, and 480gb variants. So there is an obvious capacity difference for the Pro, which only comes in 120-, 240-, and 480gb sizes. Moreover you can only find the 600 Pro in 2.5-in 7mm size options. It may be dressed up differently and in more capacity options, but the innards are very similar. Seagate has provide the 400gb version for today’s check up. It use same Link A Media LM 87800 6Gbps controller found within the 240gb Seagate 600 we reviewed. There’s also 2-modules of Micron DDR2-800 DRAM cache memory. The capacity is achieved via 8 modules of Toshiba 19nm 64gb MLC flash memory. Once this sucker is formatted. You’re left with 373GB of useable space.
Yet here’s where things diverge. There are two main differences between the 600 and the 600 Pro–and the marginal speed difference is not one of these. The Seagate 600 Pro is packing Power Loss Protection (PLP). Power Loss Protection guarantees that your information completes its travel to the memory in the event of a power surge or loss of power. It’s something we enthusiast value highly when testing and pushing our rigs to the upper limits. It’s also a perk small businesses could enjoy as a great built-in fail-safe. But it’s not something the average net surfer or media streamer will view as a must-have.
We tested the Seagate 600 pro using our 30.5gb real world test and the ATTO Bench for our synthetic testing of sequential read and write speed of RAW compressed data. The white paper states the 600 Pro should hit around 520mb/s read speed and 450mb/s write. But our findings were peculiar. No matter how much I tried, I could not get the 600 Pro to meet its advertised speeds. This was not a problem with the consumer level 600. ATTO Bench shows it falling just short of the advertised claims. Our real world test showed similar results. Moving 30.5Gb of random movies, documents, pics and such took 1:16sec from the Seagate 600 SSD to the 600 Pro SSD. It took an long avg 4:10sec when moving it back and forth from a 7200 HDD platter drive. Still these numbers are virtually imperceptible during general use. We’re using an EVGA FTW Z77 motherboard, which has had it’s share of tantrums and hiccups. So I’m blaming the newly updated SATA controller on this one. All other test result from fellow journalist show this drive performs virtually the same–keeping pace with its consumer level 600 sibling albeit with more durability and that handy Power Loss Protection.
The Seagate 600 Pro 400gb SSD solution will make a fine system drive, media storage solution for streaming movies with its speedy read speeds , in RAID array or as a powerful dedicated gaming drive where you store your Steam, Origin or general games library. Being a higher capacity drive, however, the 400gb 600 Pro is not cheap, yet it’s price competitive making it’s negligible performance loss more easily forgivable.
Same great performance as the consumer level 600. But you get enhanced durability and Power Loss Protection. >500mb/s read speeds. Competitively priced. Large storage capacity.
Barebones/no software. Doesn't match speeds of top solutions from Samsung, Micron or OCZ
Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.