Seagate 600 Pro 400GB RAID 0 (2) Drive Array SSD Review
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Right on the heels of our Seagate 600 Pro 400GB single drive review we have for your viewing pleasure a RAID 0 review as only RWL can do it. RWL’s passion is RAID 0. Motherboard RAID 0 to be more specific. Intel’s newest chipset Z87 code named Haswell brings with it new performance metrics and new performance potential with its 6 SATA III native Intel ports. We briefly explored Haswell’s storage performance with arrays of 2 to 5 drives which can be found HERE. Today’s new review is our first Haswell based RAID 0 review that includes our entire current benchmark regimen. We’ve uncovered some new twists to Haswell’s RAID 0 performance that we did not find in our abbreviated Haswell Storage Performance Review.
Today we have on our new Z87 Test Bench for you a pair of Seagate’s top of the line 600 Pro 400GB SSD’s; this time in RAID 0. Seagate’s 600 series is packed with premium components including a LAMD Amber LM87800AA controller and Toshiba Type C 19nm MLC NAND. Seagate writes their own custom firmware that powers the 600 Series. The 600 Pro series enterprise model that we have on the bench today has tantalum capacitors for power loss protection, a five year warranty and is endurance rated for a whopping 1080TB written or 591GB per day for 5 years and you can double that endurance with a two drive array. Facilitating this incredible endurance rating is a factory overprovisioning of 112GB of the actual 512GB of select binned NAND flash that the drive is equipped with. The 600 Pro 400GB is a rare drive with enterprise reliability and endurance that’s actually within the price range of the enthusiast crowd.
A pair of these premium Seagate SSD’s in RAID 0 is sure to please with a whole lot of capacity, performance and most of all quality of build.
Let’s see what Seagate has to say about their 600 Pro series of drives:
Seagate 600 Pro SSDs improve performance.
Providing the highest performance with low latency and low power across read-optimized and mixed workloads, the Seagate® 600 Pro SSDs saturate the SATA 6Gb/s interface and reduce performance gaps between I/O and CPU operations. Seagate Advanced Media Management technology increases read-performance by detecting data patterns and optimizing placement for rapid access.
Seagate 600 Pro SSDs for high data integrity.
The Seagate 600 Pro SSDs deliver end-to-end data protection for high data integrity with multi-layered error recovery technology and advanced media management technology.
Seagate 600 Pro SSDs for low TCO.
The Seagate 600 Pro SSD maximizes IOPS/watt value while reducing energy costs as a result of low power consumption, automatically adjusting power usage based on workload I/O levels which mean lighter workloads use less power.
Just as we did in the single drive review we are going to chart Z77 RAID 0 performance as well as Z87. So not only do we get to see how well a pair of these drives perform in RAID 0; we get to compare Z77 to Z87 apples to apples.