Sea­gate bar­racuda 2Tb

Op­tane Op­ti­mized

HWM (Philippines) - - Test - By Lionell Go Mac­ahilig

Un­de­ni­ably, SSDS are still more ex­pen­sive than HDDS. At a frac­tion of the price of a mid­size SSD, you can buy an HDD with am­ple stor­age ca­pac­ity of at least one ter­abyte. But the dilemma lies in the per­for­mance of HDDS as they are still much slower than SSDS. Ad­dress­ing this, Sea­gate at­tempts to ap­ply In­tel Op­tane mem­ory tech­nol­ogy to boost the per­for­mance of its HDDS, the Bar­racuda 2TB (ST2000DM006) in this case.

In or­der to take ad­van­tage of In­tel Op­tane, one must have an In­tel board with an M.2 con­nec­tor that sup­ports the said fea­ture. The M.2 con­nec­tor is where we’ll seat in the In­tel Op­tane mem­ory mod­ule to serve as the cache of the HDD. In com­put­ing, the cache refers to the hard­ware or soft­ware com­po­nent that stores up­com­ing re­quests for data so that data can be served faster. Orig­i­nally, HDDS used to have 8MB of cache. How­ever, today’s HDDS have larger cache sizes, such as the Bar­racuda 2TB which has 64MB cache. SSDS can have up to 1GB of cache. With In­tel Op­tane mem­ory mod­ules equipped with larger stor­age ca­pac­ity (16GB in this case), Sea­gate promises to offer larger cache size and bet­ter per­for­mance to cus­tomers.

For us to ex­pe­ri­ence the per­for­mance of the Bar­racuda 2TB with In­tel Op­tane mem­ory tech­nol­ogy, we put it to the test us­ing the fol­low­ing PC com­po­nents: In­tel Core i7-7700 pro­ces­sor, MSI B250M Ba­zooka Opt Boost moth­er­board, MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gam­ing X 4G, In­tel Op­tane (MEMPEK1W016GA) 16GB mem­ory mod­ule, 2x G.SKILL Tri­dent Z RGB 8GB DDR4 mem­ory mod­ules, and CM MWE 650 Bronze PSU. Scores were com­pared to those of SATA 6Gbps SSDS which we al­ready re­viewed, namely the ADATA SP920SS (256GB) and the Plex­tor S3C (256GB), both of which were retested in this re­view.

Start­ing off with Anvil’s Stor­age Util­i­ties and AS SSD Benchmark, the Bar­racuda 2TB gave us quite in­con­clu­sive re­sults, though the read­ings are rel­a­tively high, par­tic­u­larly se­quen­tial read and se­quen­tial write speeds. The HDD got se­quen­tial write speeds of 171.09Mbps and 152.31Mbps in Anvil’s Stor­age Util­i­ties and AS SSD Benchmark re­spec­tively. The ad­van­tage of Bar­racuda 2TB work­ing with an In­tel Op­tane mem­ory mod­ule was seen more in Crys­tald­iskmark. The HDD pro­duced a se­quen­tial read speed of 894.7Mbps and a 4K read speed of 173.4Mbps in Crys­tald­iskmark, ex­ceed­ing the read speeds of the SP920SS and the S3C.

Sea­gate’s Bar­racuda 2TB costs PHP 4,088 and In­tel’s Op­tane 16GB mod­ule sells for PHP 2,888 through Vill­man, still cheaper than a 2TB SSD sell­ing at around PHP 26,000.

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