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Seagate Laptop Ultrathin 500GB ST500LT032 5mm-thick HDD Drive Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Specs and Closer Look
  3. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  4. AS SSD Benchmark
  5. ATTO Benchmark
  6. AIDA64 Disk Access Benchmark
  7. Anvil Benchmark
  8. Boot Load Test
  9. CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark
  10. HDTune Pro Benchmark
  11. Futuremark Benchmarks
  12. Conclusion
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5mm is insanely thin! Even for a mechanical drive. Seagate sent their Laptop Thin drive with 500GB of storage space to boot. It wouldn’t be surprising that other HDD makers would be doing this to enable their fellow OEM companies to make devices to benefit from such a thin drive. We’ll be checking out how the performance is of such drive. Seagate_Laptop_Ultrathin_500GB_HDD_0019

This series has 2 capacities- 320GB and 500GB. They’re both 5400RPM drives with 16MB Cache. Seagate also implemented their own self encrypting drive features and maintains 500GB max in a single platter to keep it thinner than the 7mm counterpart.

As one would expected, they’re made for slim laptops, notebooks and other device types, but Seagate also points out that this drive’s best fit application is also for backup storage. Seagate_Laptop_Ultrathin_500GB_HDD_BC_CDI

Capacity 500GB 320GB
Form Factor 2.5″ 2.5″
Interface Options SATA 6Gb/s SATA 6Gb/s
Performance
Spindle Speed (RPM) 5400 5400
Cache (MB) 16 16
Transfer Rate, Max Ext (MB/s) 600 600
Sustained Data Rate OD 100MB/s 100MB/s
Average Latency (ms) 5.6 5.6
Power Management
Seek, Typical Operating (W) 1.4 1.4
Idle, Typical Operating (W) 0.47 0.47
Environmental
Temperature
Operating 0° to 60°C 0° to 60°C
Non-operating -40° to 70°C -40° to 70°C
Shock
Operating: Gs (ms) 400 (2ms) 400 (2ms)
Non-operating: Gs (ms) 1000 (1ms) 1000 (1ms)
Acoustics (bels – sound power)
Idle 2.0 2.0
Operating 2.2 2.2
Physical
Height (in/mm) 0.197/5.0 0.197/5.0
Width (in/mm) 2.75/69.85 2.75/69.85
Length (in/mm) 3.95/100.35 3.95/100.35
Weight (lb/g) 0.205/93 0.205/93

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Seagate_Laptop_Ultrathin_500GB_HDD_0017 The PCB has a Samsung K4T28163QP-BCE7 16MB DRAM Cache paired with Marvell 88i1067 controller.

It gives me great pleasure every time I put up a review. Its always good to appreciate the support that the manufacturers give from time-to-time to review their own products and others on behalf of the readers. Thanks to companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, WD and Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached. Thumbs up to these guys!

I would like to thank

  • Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
  • Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
  • Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
  • WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive.
  • Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
Test Setup for: Seagate Laptop Ultrathin 500GB ST500LT032 5mm HDD
Motherboard+ Processor Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H Rev 1.0+ AMD 965BE
Memory Kingston KHX1600C9D3P1K28G HyperX Genesis 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII
Primary OS drive WD 3000HLFS Velociraptor 300GB/ WD Blue AAJS 320GB/ WD 1TB Velociraptor
Power Supply Corsair TX750
Chassis

The Benchmarks that I am using are as follows:

  • AS SSD– Read and Write (Pass 3)
  • ATTO- Test File Size= 0.5 to 8MB- Read and Write Pass 3
  • Aida64- Write and Read Access time File Size 64KB Pass 3
  • Anvil Benchmark- Compressible and Incompressible run each with 4, 16 and 32MB File Size
  • Boot Load Test- (Windows 7 SP1 clean installation with AMD 12.6 drivers+ AHCI drivers pre-installed with Utorrent, Avira Security Suite, Asus Xonar DX+ 7.12.8.1794 Drivers, Netgear WG111 Wireless LAN USB drive software as start-up items) Pass 1-5 (Pass 1= System start from Power Off)
  • CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark- with Pass 3, each with 5 re-runs 1000MB File Size
  • HDTune Pro- Write and Read Pass 3
  • PCMark 7- HDD test
  • PCMark Vantage- HDD Test

Although this drive is used for AS SSDs, the tests in these give a good idea of Sequential, 4K Aligned, 4K Aligned with 64Bit thread test and the Access time of the hard drive using incompressible data.

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Seagate_Laptop_Ultrathin_500GB_HDD_BC_AS SSD Read

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As the industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware utility to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as connections to storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark.

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ATTO Read

ATTO Write
When only comparing mechanical drives, the ultrathin performs nicely

AIDA64 Disk Benchmark determines the data transfer speed of hard disk drives, solid-state drives, optical drives, and flash memory based devices.
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Seagate_Laptop_Ultrathin_500GB_HDD_BC_AIDA64 Read

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Seagate_Laptop_Ultrathin_500GB_HDD_BC_AIDA64 Write Though the read access times are just fine, the drive takes longer for write access.

First of all, it’s a Storage benchmark for SSD’s and HDD’s where you can check and monitor your performance. The Standard Storage Benchmark performs a series of tests, you can run the full test or just the read or the write test or you can run a single test like i.e. 4K QD16.
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This drive takes more time to boot in comparison with other 2.5” drives.

CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software.It measure sequential reads/writes speed,measure random 512KB, 4KB, 4KB (Queue Depth=32) reads/writes speed,select test data (Random, 0Fill, 1Fill),provide theme support and Multi-Language support.
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PCMark Vantage HDD Test
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PCMark 7 HDD Benchmark
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Seagate and WD have a 5mm drive. This is from Seagate.

Companies who deem that using a 5mm makes sense to keep their form factor as low as possible would either choose Seagate or WD’s 5mm alternative- whoever they have a contract with. It should be inevitable that SSDs will follow suit.

If you’re looking at it from an overall perspective, chances are high that you would rather go for something else, such as Seagate’s own SSHD. Most ultrabooks and notebooks that you currently get are in 7mm thick form factor, and you don’t a spacer with this drive unlike the SSD counterparts from various brands. If you think about it, boot and application load gets a good jump on the SSHD and to a certain extent, it gives a justification to the amount that you’re spending as a hard drive upgrade for notebooks, ultrabooks and even systems with a very small form factor.

PCMark 7 run is very surprising, considering it matches Samsung 840 Pro and non-pro in tests where you wouldn’t expect it to perform well. Since most tests are done 3 times to confirm the results, this is where it stands.

For those who want 7mm alternatives, you can check out the conclusion made on Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD’s review.

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 – $106


5mm is insanely thin! Even for a mechanical drive. Seagate sent their Laptop Thin drive with 500GB of storage space to boot. It wouldn’t be surprising that other HDD makers would be doing this to enable their fellow OEM companies to make devices to benefit from such a thin drive. We’ll be checking out how the performance is of such drive. This series has 2 capacities- 320GB and 500GB. They’re both 5400RPM drives with 16MB Cache. Seagate also implemented their own self encrypting drive features and maintains 500GB max in a single platter to keep it thinner than the 7mm…

Review Overview

Performance - 7.5
Storage Space - 6.5
Overall Value - 6.5

6.8

BBQ Score

Summary : 5mm z axis height is something new to allow thinner formfactor devices and computing hardware. If you’re seeing performance wise, the 7mm counterparts perform pretty nicely. I am uncertain why would anyone require to upgrade their drives with a 5mm, considering the choices are very limited, therefore the drives that allow 5mm thick drives would be limited to for now.

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