The Seagate 600/600 Pro

Both the Seagate 600 and 600 Pro are 2.5” SATA drives. Their enclosures are completely screw-less, which makes getting in a bit of a pain but it’s not impossible. The 600 is available in 7mm and 5mm thicknesses, the latter is something we’ve only recently seen with Western Digital’s UltraSlim drive announcement. The 600 Pro is only available in a 7mm form factor.


Seagate 600 (left) vs. Seagate 600 Pro (right)

All 600/600 Pro designs that I’ve seen thus far use single-sided PCBs and 8 NAND devices. Seagate simply varies the number of NAND die per package to hit various capacity points.

Seagate 600

The Seagate 600 is available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities using 128GB, 256GB and 512GB of NAND, respectively. All of those drives have 8 NAND devices, and 2, 4 and 8 19nm NAND die per package, respectively.


480GB Seagate 600


480GB Seagate 600 (back)

The 600 Pro is available in the same capacities, but adds 100GB, 200GB and 400GB versions as well. The 200/400GB 600 Pros have 128/256/512GB of NAND, but are over provisioned to give the controller more spare area to work with. I like the idea of setting aside more spare area for the Pro drive, but the fact that not all 600 Pros are configured this way is bound to be confusing to customers.

Seagate 600 Pro

Other than the availability of heavily over provisioned drives, the 600 Pro also separates itself from the client-focused Seagate 600 by including an array of capacitors for power loss protection. In the event of unexpected power loss Seagate expects the 600 Pro will be able to commit all data received by the LM8780 controller to NAND.


400GB Seagate 600 Pro

The 600 carries a 3 year warranty and is rated for up to 40GB of writes per day throughout that warranty period (the 120GB model is rated for 20GB of writes per day). The 600 Pro uses better binned NAND and boasts higher endurance over the course of its longer 5 year warranty. As is typically the case with SSDs, endurance tends not to be an issue for client usage - in the enterprise whether or not you can get by with the 600 or need the 600 Pro really depends on your workload.

Seagate isn’t announcing pricing other than to say that the 600/600 Pro will be priced inline with competing drives.

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  • Kristian Vättö - Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - link

    I need to speak with Anand but $60 definitely doesn't sound too bad :-) Ultimately I think a meter that could log data e.g. every 100ms and the data could easily be import to Excel would be ideal as then we could easily make a graph of power usage over time, but knowing the overall usage would still be better than what we have now. Thanks for the suggestion! Reply
  • GamerGirl - Thursday, May 9, 2013 - link

    wow this is really so fast...19nm of nand its ok for longlife? Reply
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  • bards1888 - Monday, May 13, 2013 - link

    A local supplier has this part in stock, ST480FN0021. It does not appear to be the 600 Pro as it has part number ST480FP0021.

    Does anyone know the difference ?
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  • vdidenko - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - link

    I am known to fill up all storage available, so it will be hard to stick to the 10-20% free space rule for me. However, would partitioning the disk so that 20% of it is not allocated to a partition do the trick technologically? It surely will force me... Reply
  • aSSDtech - Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - link

    I don't think 4 Tantulium Capacitors can make SSDs suvive upon sudden host power loss. 4*470uF can not meet the power of the SSD needs because the power comsumption is generally 4W and the data needs to be flushed down are more than 4 seconds because the DRAMs and the write speed. Reply
  • RaresIonut - Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - link

    Hi,
    Very nice review!
    I ordered a Seagate s600 120GB and I should get it by tomorow.
    There's one thing that bothers me regarding ssd's (particulary mine): does the Seagate s600 120GB have TRIM support? Does it need TRIM support?
    Sorry if this was mentioned somewhere in the article, I'm reading iton a bus :(

    Thank you! :)
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  • Delicate - Monday, January 20, 2014 - link

    As per this article - http://www.techarena.in/review/258133-seagate-600-... in the Indian market this hard drive is way to costly which comes at Rs. 9000. Being a hard drive for extreme pc and gaming does not mean that it should be so much costly. Reply

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