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Momentus XT – what the experts are saying

CNET – November 2011
“The bottom line: Similar to the original, the Momentus XT (second generation) makes an excellent host drive for any computer, both laptops and desktops. It offers great value in terms of performance and cost, especially when compared to SDDs. The Seagate Momentus XT (second generation) is a worthy upgrade to the original Momentus XT that was released more than a year ago. The new drive now comes with twice the amount of flash memory (also known as solid-state storage) and offers 50 percent more storage space.” Read the entire review.

Bjorn3D – November 2011
“We feel that every notebook should come with a Momentus XT as oppose to any mechanical drives. While the drive is designed primarily for notebooks, we think it can also be a very viable option for desktop systems for those who like the SSD-like performance without worrying about data management of an small SSD and 3.5’’ drive combo setup…The second generation Momentus XT from Seagate delivers good performance gain, a 50% increase in capacity, and double the NAND flash and interface speed than the last generation drive. The result is impressive, and it earns the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award.” Read the entire review.

Laptop Magazine – November 2011
“If you want the fastest performance possible, then a full-fledged SSD such as the Samsung 830 Series ($209 for 128GB)  is still the way to go. However, if you need more a drive with a lot more than 128GB of storage and can’t afford to mortgage the farm for a 256GB or larger SSD, the Seagate Momentus XT is your best upgrade option. Seagate also says that some OEMs will also be offering the drive as an option on their notebooks, which makes the Momentus XT a great configuration option when you buy from vendors such as Dell and Lenovo, which custom build your system. The second-generation Momentus XT provides application / file opens and boots that are significantly faster than those of a 7,200 rpm hard drive and only a little bit slower than an SSD. Considering that app opens and boots are the most important drive operations, the Momentus XT is well worth its asking price.” Read the entire review.

Hot Hardware – November 2011
“That said, for users that can’t afford a larger capacity SSD and are limited to only a single drive configuration, like notebook or some HTPC users, for example, the Momentus XT can be a great fit. You’ll get a good amount of storage space and SSD-like performance in a single drive, with any OS and no special software or drivers to deal with.” Read the entire review.

Hardware Canucks – November 2011
“While it may have some limitations in terms of what it can and can’t do, the Momentus XT 750GB is one hell of an innovative drive. It learns usage patterns quicker than any Hybrid setup we have seen before and Seagate’s engineers have once again proven why they are a force to be reckoned with. For systems that can only handle a single 2.5” storage device we know this would be the one we reach for. It can offer near- SSD real world performance while maintaining a relatively high capacity and does so while offering a completely seamless user experience. Hopefully, the hints our Seagate reps dropped about a certain 3.5” “XT” Hybrid version are indeed true as Seagate now have the building blocks to create a true SSD “killer”.” Read the entire review.

Storage Review – November 2011
“The Seagate Momentus XT 750GB with FAST Factor doubles the cache NAND and adds a 50% capacity boost when compared to the 500GB first generation Momentus XT. While it’s easy to look at something like FAST and shrug it off as marketing hype, the new Momentus XT showed that the added cache and software do make a difference, boasting a 34% increase in performance in our HTPC real world test and a 26% gain in our gaming trace. It gets even better for the generation two XT when you look at some of the synthetic tests like the IOMeter server profiles.” Read the entire review.

Legit Reviews – November 2011
“Overall, we’d certainly recommend the Momentus XT and frankly wouldn’t go back to a plain old hard drive unless we were forced to. The expediency of boot and application load times are something that, once you get used to it, you can’t seem to live without. Keep in mind that it may take two or three times for the Adaptive Memory Technology to decide that it should be cached and speed things up. On the down side, every operation is not SSD fast, especially if you’re performing it for the first time. Levels in games may or may not load quicker depending on how much data is redundant from level to level and if it’s been awhile since you’ve opened an application, you may find yourself waiting just a bit longer. The 8GB of NAND on board is comparatively tiny against the 750GB platter so there’s a finite amount of data that can be cached as the algorithm sees fit. As NAND prices fall, we’ll probably see these type of drives incorporate larger amounts of solid state material that will allow for a looser threshold of what gets cached and what doesn’t and maximize the reads coming from the solid state portion of the drive.” Read the entire review.

Overclockers Club – November 2011
“The 750GB Momentus XT Hybrid drive sees a 100% increase in the amount of SLC NAND used when compared to the 500GB gen 2 drive released last year. The capacity has increase by 50%, the interface has changed to a SATA 6Gb/s and comes with new “FAST” factors. All this is great but what happens when the NAND flash fails? Worst case scenario is that the drive acts just like a 7200 RPM mechanical drive. There is no data loss if the NAND fails as the data is written in parallel to both the platters and to the NAND giving some much needed redundancy without a huge performance overhead cost. All the fancy buzz words and technology boil down to an improvement in user experience without the cost, reliability and capacity concerns of an SSD. I cannot see where this drive from Seagate has any real down sides as you get the snappy performance of an SSD with the capacity of a traditional mechanical drive.” Read the entire review.

ubergizmo – November 2011
“It’s been interesting to see Seagate refine its hybrid SSD drives and improve upon the software aspect of things. The Seagate momentus XT is the perfect answer to the speed vs capacity problem that a huge computing population has, namely “they want it all”: capacity, small form factor (2.5” for laptop) and speed. This disk is one of the best solution for that particular challenge, and laptop buyers who want large capacity drives should actually be demanding a Seagate momentus XT from their OEMs.” Read


Notebook Review – November 2011the entire review.
“Should you spend $245 on the new 750GB Seagate Momentus XT when you can buy a traditional laptop hard drive with 1TB of storage capacity for slightly less? The short answer: Yes. While 1TB notebook hard drives like the Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT and the Samsung Spinpoint M8 offer a massive amount of storage and reasonable speed, there is just no way that a traditional hard drive can match the speed of the new Momentus XT after the drive has “learned” which files you use on a regular basis. Windows boot times are fast, application switching is snappy, and the cost per GB is far more reasonable than a high-performance SSD. The Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD is amazingly fast, but that drive costs $470 at the time of this writing. The Momentus XT is basically half the price for three times more storage space.” Read the entire review.

Maximum PC – November 2011
“The 750GB Momentus XT offers a solid speed boost in real-world applications that you use frequently, compared to a regular mechanical drive.  Its updated capacity, 6Gb/s SATA controller, and 8GB of NAND are much appreciated. If you don’t want to deal with clumsy multi-drive hybrid solutions or shell out for a tiny SSD, the Momentus XT offers an easier, better way to get both capacity and speed.” Read the entire review

Benchmark Reviews – November 2011
“I really like where the Seagate Momentus XT series is heading, because I firmly believe all-in-one hybrid storage solutions are the future… at least until NAND flash components can cost as much as mechanical counterparts. Multi-part hybrid solutions with 3rd party software, such as those currently promoted by the competition, are hardly a match for integrated hybrid products like Momentus XT. Now grown to offer 750 Gigabytes of storage capacity, the new second-generation Seagate Momentus XT is offering the best of both worlds better than anyone else.” Read the entire review.

 

MOMENTUS XT 500GB REVIEWS

Momentus XT wins PC Magazine’s Best Storage Product of 2010. “Combining the best parts of hard drive and SSD technology, the 2.5-inch Momentus XT is an inventive way to speed up your storage without breaking the bank.” Read the full review.

“This drive is a must have for anyone with a notebook/netbook who is looking for more performance. It easily wins an Editor’s Choice award from me and there are just no downsides to stepping up to one. Seagate even has a wonderful free tool you can download (Acronis) that will make it super easy to replace your current drive. It only requires basic knowledge and if you are comfortable replacing a drive you can easily handle this transition. There is no other single upgrade that the average user can perform on such a machine for such a performance gain. I’d even consider one for desktop use in a workstation/gaming environment.”  Read the full review

“However, looking at the product name allows us to take the position and standpoint that is most appropriate when looking at this product: the Momentus XT is a hard drive! It just happens to utilize flash memory in an effort to improve performance. Once we treat it like a hard drive, then we shed the performance expectations to which it can’t live up. Yet, the Momentus XT is one of the most innovative storage products in years, and it delivers in real life…The concept of pairing a hard drive with a bit of flash memory works well. We tasted blood with the Momentus XT and we can only recommend true enthusiasts to go for this one instead of a conventional drive.” Read the entire review.

“In conclusion, the drive performed better than expected. I was initially worried that larger than 4GB drive transactions would cause swapping in and out of the SSD and speed would decrease noticeably. But those worries were quickly allayed. Overall I would recommend this drive to anyone in either a laptop or desktop configuration. The price benefit of the hybrid SSD over going straight to full SSD for near SSD performance seems to be a no-brainer to me. I am proud to give the Momentus SSD Hybrid SSD the Hardware Geeks Editor’s Choice Award.” Read the entire review.

“Most notebook computers include just one bay for a hard drive, so you obviously need your boot drive to also handle your storage needs.  This has meant that you either had to compromise on performance or capacity when choosing between an SSD and a traditional hard drive.  The Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive is the solution to this problem…if the price and performance of the Seagate Momentus XT don’t grab your attention, maybe the price will.  With an MSRP of $156 (US), the 500GB model costs less than most 60GB solid state drives.  500GB is also about the capacity limit of the solid state drives currently on the market, but their price tags of $1200 (US) or more don’t make them a viable option for most people.  The Momentus XT offers an excellent balance of performance, capacity, and price.”  Read the complete review.

The Seagate Momentus XT provides a real alternative to expensive (and small) SSD’s. You aren’t going to get the blazing speed of a good SSD but you don’t trade wads of cash for a Momentus XT and you don’t have to compromise on storage space. We’ve had plenty of SSD’s and in the end they just aren’t big enough so we end up with the additional expense of a data drive. The Momentus gives you a good balance of Speed VS Price VS Storage capacity. Given the moderate increase in cost over a normal platter drive of the same capacity it would be hard not to recommend going Hybrid with the Momentus XT. Read the complete review.

“Right now, a 128GB SSD will run you an about $300, but the Seagate Momentus XT will have a MSRP of ~ $156 for the 500GB drive we tested here. So for the price of one 128GB SSD, you can purchase two Momentus XT drives, run them in a RAID 0 configuration, almost match the speed, and get eight times the storage. I don’t know about you, but a terabyte of storage with speeds almost as fast an SSD, sure sounds great to me. When it comes to buying a hard drive, I look for price and for performance. On that note, I’m very impressed with Momentus XT. It’s been great testing this new device and I definitely recommend it.” Read the complete review.

“The reason we got into overclocking was to get the performance of the high dollar items, without paying for the high dollar items.  Truth be told, we couldn’t afford them.  The same goes for the Momentus XT hybrid.  You can get near the performance of the high dollar SSD, without hurting your wallet.  Cluboverclocker Recommended!Read the complete review.

Part 2: Momentus XT RAID:  ”When the Hybrid Momentus XT debuted in May, we were very impressed with the drive.  The drive performed better then we expected and with a price that was way below the cost of an SSD.  Today, we looked at two hybrids in RAID and were equally impressed.  The performance of the Momentus XT really improved with the addition of a second drive in RAID.  The price and performance of these drives make them very attractive.  I got read performance that was on par with SSD’s, 1TB of space and the total cost was $260.   Club Overclocker Recommended!Read the entire review.

The Momentus XT exceeded our expectations when it comes to performance. It’s arguable the fastest 2.5-inch SATA hard drive on the market. THE BOTTOM LINE: The Momentus XT is an excellent replacement for traditional laptop hard drives. It offers large capacities and SSD-like performance at a fraction of the cost. Read the complete review.  Check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX_WyOhTQEw

In conclusion, the Seagate Momentus-XT has delivered on it’s promise to deliver quick SSD-like performance to the Operating System and installed applications. After months of working with a SSD, my brief switch to the Momentus-XT solid state hybrid for testing purposes brought only a few occasional moments that contrasted the difference. In comparison, my switch from SSD to high-performance hard drive (VelociRaptor) was painfully frustrating and kept me waiting on applications to open. If you’re an impatient person who needs the computer to open programs as fast as you can click on the icon, the Seagate Momentus-XT offers an excellent blend of SSD speed with HDD capacity. Performance computer enthusiasts who can’t afford a SSD, or require greater capacity than SSDs offer, owe it to themselves to invest in a Seagate Momentus-XT Solid State Hybrid Drive. Read the complete review.

“I was very happy to see how quickly it loaded Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Momentus XT loaded it 46% faster than a 7200RPM desktop drive. Online gamers like me won’t have to spend as much time waiting for the action to start…If the Call of Duty test is any indication, the hybrid capability will be a nice feature and won’t cost you an arm and a leg compared to an SSD of similar size.”

“Momentus XT is easily a 25% performance gain from a standard 7200RPM notebook drive. The drive easily beat the Hitachi 7200RPM notebook drive in loading applications and Windows bootup. I think it’s price very competitively for the performance gain…When it came to loading screens on high-end games such as Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age Origins, Momentus was noticeable faster than the 7200RPM Hitachi laptop drive. This drive is a champ!

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