Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003 Hybrid 750GB Reviewccokeman - November 29, 2011
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PCMark Vantage: With this benchmark, I will be running the hard drive test suite. The measurement for the hard drive suite will be the total score, then the scoring for each test will be broken down. There are a total of eight hard drive tests within PCMark Vantage and all eight will be run to gauge the performance of each drive tested.
This is one test where the benefits of the Momentus XT are clearly visible and are easy to show. In comparison to the Barracuda XT the performance numbers on the Momentus continue to scale up as the drive learns what should be held in the NAND flash. This is in essence how the drive improves performance and delivers improved performance closer to that of an SSD than that of a mechanical drive.
Below is the learning curve that the Momentus XT goes through and is illustrated in the hard drive scores and how they continue to scale upwards from run to run. The first run gives a result that is more in line with what you would expect for a mechanical drive in the PCMark Vantage hard drive test. With each successive run the Momentus XT scoring increases. The first to second run learning curve shows a 100+% bump in scoring. Pretty impressive to say the least.