Seagate barracuda 2Tb
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.