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Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Review

By on January 18, 2012
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Near SSD performance; near HDD costs.

Good: Near SSD performance; Quick caching of data; Large capacity; Much cheaper than SSDs
Bad: No real-time writing on NAND Flash yet; Price increase over previous generation
Price: AED 950
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Now this is where things get rather interesting, as I tested some real world applications. For now the main tests include Windows 7 boot time and World of Warcraft loading time.

For the Windows 7 boot time, I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit on these hard drives, with just the basic drivers installed for the motherboard and graphics card. No antivirus or any other applications were installed since any programs installed by users are arbitrary and will change startup time. The time measured in seconds below is after POST (when the ‘Starting Windows’ logo appears) till the time I see the desktop and mouse.

As for the WoW test, I logged into my account and used my level 85 character who’s flying on a mount in the middle of Stormwind city. The actual measurements were from double-clicking on my character when the load screen begins, till the load screen ends and the world appears. This is an extremely strenuous test as the hard drive has to load the entire world with maximum graphical settings, including a very large draw distance, as well as all the people currently populating the city at the time, with all of their mounts and special gear and high-res textures.

In these real-world tests, I have benchmarked each drive four times for a pure apples to apples comparison.

 

As you can see the SSDs in this case show some extremely impressive results, but for far less money, the Momentus XT’s hybrid power flex its muscles to close the gap between the 10k rpm VelociRaptor and the insanely fast SSDs.

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