- Specification and Closer Look
- Test Bench and Testing Methodology
- AS SSD Benchmark
- AIDA64 Access Test
- ATTO Benchmark
- Anvil Benchmark
- Boot Load Test
- Futuremark Benchmarks
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When it comes to boot load and write access tests, Seagate 500GB SSHD has a significant advantage because of their drive using a flash NAND. It doesn’t match SSDs such as 840 and 840 pro, but the load times are reduced. PCMark runs which simulate ‘near’-real world’ scenarios show advantage on some tests. Notebooks drives with flash NANDs make a lot more sense now that I think about it. WD can do the same.
Note that both the WD slim drives listed on Amazon US and UK are marked 8MB Cache, but its actually 16MB.
Edit (21.09.13): There was a time all hard drives had a standard warranty period of 5 years. Now it’s only WD Black series which comes with 5 years warranty, followed by Red, Blue and Green with a much lesser warranty period. This drive comes with 2 years warranty period. Not a good sign. WD needs to look towards Seagate’s Laptop SSHD, a 7mm counterpart. That comes with a flash NAND to improve boot speed and with 3 years standard warranty period. True, the warranty period doesn’t reflect the lifespan of the product, but I believe that warranty period should be kept standard. That being said, Seagate 5mm 500GB ultrathin drive which I now have for review seem to come with 2 years warranty period as well. At the time of writing, Seagate’s 500GB SSHD costs $80, which makes it a pretty decent deal for what its worth. A 3-year warranty should be the bare minimum- period.