How We Tested
We tested the Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD using DiskSpeed32, CrystalDiskMark, and PCMark 7 programs. In order to determine the performance of the portrayed drive, we also ran the tests on three other 500 GB hard disk drives. The models and characteristics of the tested units are shown in the table below. Prices were reseached at Newegg.com in the day this review was published.
|Hard Disk Drive||Capacity||Size||rpm||Buffer||Interface||Price (USD)|
|Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD||500 GB||2.5”, 7 mm||5400||64 MiB||SATA-600||80.00|
|Seagate Barracuda 7200.12||500 GB||3.5”||7200||16 MiB||SATA-600||NA|
|Seagate ST500LM012||500 GB||2.5”, 9.5 mm||5400||8 MiB||SATA-300||55.00|
|Hitachi Z5K500-500||500 GB||2.5”, 7 mm||5400||8 MiB||SATA-300||NA|
The drives were connected to an internal SATA-600 port. The only variable component between each benchmarking session was the HDD being tested.
- Processor: Core i5-2500K
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z
- Memory: 16 GB G.Skill Sniper (DDR3-1600/PC3-12800), configured at 1,600 MHz
- Boot drive: Mushkin Chronos 120 GB
- Video card: MSI GeForce GT 210 1 GB
- Video resolution: 1920×1080
- Video monitor: Samsung SyncMaster P2470HN
- Power supply: Seventeam ST-550P-AM
- Case: Cooler Master HAF 922
Operating System Configuration
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
We adopted a 3% error margin in our tests, meaning performance differences of less than 3% can’t be considered meaningful. Therefore, when the performance difference between two products is less than 3%, we consider them to have similar performance.