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Seagate Barracuda: What the experts are saying…so far

Here is a the start of a compilation of reviews coming in on the new Barracuda 1TB/Disk desktop hard drives announced this week.

More to come…stay tuned.

Hardware Canucks – November 2011. Read the entire review
“We admittedly had some high expectations for this new hard drive and boy did Seagate deliver throughout our testing. One word comes to mind: domination. In many benchmarks it was light years ahead of the competition, routinely handing embarrassing defeats to Western Digital Blacks and previous generation Barracudas alike. This really is a genre defining product and could usher in a new dawn for spindle-based storage if Seagate sees fit to cascade 1TB platter technology down into lower price points…While the real test for the Barracuda 3TB will come once its final retail price is unveiled, there is no denying that it is currently one of the best hard drives currently on the market. Seagate has effectively combined efficiency with high end performance without charging an arm and a leg. As such, the Barracuda becomes one of only a few products to win a trifecta of awards from us.”

Maximum PC – November 2011. Read the entire review.
“Increased areal density allows for faster read and write speeds, which should mean a faster drive. Does it? It does. On our Sandy Bridge test bed, the 3TB Barracuda had average sequential read speeds higher than 155MB/s, with max sequential read speeds of 200MB/s. Average sequential write speeds were higher than 150MB/s. The two 7,200rpm 3TB drives we reviewed in July 2011—Seagate’s Barracuda XT and Hitachi’s Deskstar 7K3000—were both slower…”

Storage Review – November 2011. Read the entire review.
“Overall, the new 3TB Barracuda moves in the right direction and certainly whets our appetite for upcoming higher capacity hard drives based on 1TB platters. It offers faster speeds than the prior version through most of our benchmarks and is many ways is the fastest 7200RPM 3TB 3.5″ hard drive on the market. Couple that with the improved power profile and Seagate has a great option for those craving capacity and performance from a hard drive.”

Bjorn3D – November 2011. Read the entire review.
“Seagate Barracuda 1TB platter drive is 10-15% faster than the older Barracuda XT in the sequential read and write, and consumes less power. While it is a tad slower in random write, it is nonetheless a very good choice for storage drives due to its low power consumption and good price ratio. It earns the Bjorn3D Seal of Approval.”

“Based on the current condition of today’s desktop storage market, it’s still very much a hard drive friendly world. While SSD technology will eventually replace hard disk storage some day soon, there’s no evidence as to when solid state storage can match capacity at the same price point. The 3TB Seagate Barracuda Hard Drive ST3000DM001 resists that forthcoming change for at least a while longer, and its massive three-Terabyte capacity paired to the future-proof SATA 6Gb/s interface will certainly help punctuate this. The affordable cost to capacity ratio puts the Barracuda ahead of SSDs by a long-shot, while still offering respectable bandwidth performance speeds for enthusiast computer systems. Now capable of 1TB platters, it won’t be long before we see 5TB hard drives.” Benchmark Reviews

“The Barracuda 3TB displayed a few splashes of read-speed brilliance and matched up decently with the other similarly-spec’d drives in our tests. Taken as a whole, the differences between the three best performers were relatively small, although the trio beat out the Western Digital drives in our tests.However, one of those three drives is an older-generation Seagate Barracuda XT; the current Barracuda XT line is being phased out and will be reborn as a series of hybrid drives, so if you want a standard Seagate HDD with these features, the newer Barracuda 3TB is the way to go.”  - Hot Hardware

For more information, visit the Barracuda “Power of One” page here.



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