Seagate 600 and 600 Pro SSD Review

Seagate refreshes its line of consumer and enterprise SSDs with a new family of third-generation SSD products. We take a look at the consumer mainstream Seagate 600 and the enthusiast model, the Seagate 600 Pro. Will its LAMD Amber LM87800 controller, custom firmware, and Toshiba Type C 19nm MLC NAND make it a standout?

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Specifications

Seagate 600

The Seagate 600 features sequential speeds of 500/400 MB/s read/write respectively, and random speeds up to 80,000/70,000 read/write IOPS. This speed varies by capacity size, as seen below on the specification charts.

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The 600 is powered by the proven LAMD Amber LM87800 with Seagate custom firmware and Toshiba Type C 19nm MLC NAND. This SSD will be available in both 7mm and 5mm Z-Heights. The 5mm SSDs will be the first commercially available SSDs with such a slim profile, and will likely utilize either the new SATA Express SFF-8639 connection or an edge connector as seen on a recent 5mm HDD.

The Seagate 600 features 512MB of DDR2-800 DRAM for LBA mapping purposes. The Seagate 600 comes with a three-year warranty and endurance of up to 40GB written per day for the three-year period. This averages out to 72TB of data written for the largest models. Like many other SSD manufacturers, the warranty is tied to the amount of data written to the SSD. In many cases, this tidbit of information is buried deep in the fine print of the warranty. Seagate is refreshingly open about their warranty policy.

The Seagate 600 also features a non-recoverable read error per bit read of 1 per 10E16. This is the same level of data protection featured with the 600 Pro. This is accomplished with multi-layered error recovery and advanced error detection and correction encoding.

Seagate 600 Pro

The Seagate 600 Pro uses the same NAND as the regular 600 SSD, but also comes with the option of extra overprovisioning in the enterprise variant. This SSD features sequential read/write speeds of 520/450 MB/s and random read/write speeds of 85,000/30,000. We note the much lower random write speed advertised for the enterprise version, but this is due to the measurement being taken in steady state, as opposed to FOB (Fresh Out of Box) with the consumer model.

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The 600 Pro has a five-year warranty and the inclusion of tantalum capacitors, which provide enough power to write all data to the NAND in the event of unexpected power loss. The 600 Pro features 512MB of NAND. This likely facilitates a larger LBA map range, allowing the SSD to process information more efficiently in heavy workloads.

An interesting aspect of the 600 Pro SSDs is the tiered capacity model. The 400 GB version has an extra amount of overprovisioning which provides 19,000 more random write IOPS and a jump from 350 TBW (Terabytes Written) to 1080 TBW. All of the 600 Pro versions come with varying TBW ratings.

The 600 Pro has enterprise-class features but Seagate is predicting that this SSD will also feature bleed-over into the enthusiast segment. For heavy users and SMB environments, this SSD will make a great solution with its enhanced firmware and tremendous endurance figures.

Availability and Warranty

We currently do not have pricing or links to actual products, though there will be general availability this quarter. We will add these links to this article as soon as they become available.

Specification Sheets

Seagate 600

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Seagate 600 Pro

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