Average Bench: 70.3% (385th of 929)

Based on 319 user benchmarks.  Models: ST120HM000-1G5142, ST120HM0 ST120HM000-1G514, ST120HM0 00-1G5142

The 120GB Seagate 600 is yet another drive that massively underperforms its larger, in this case 240GB, sibling. Looking at the 120GB and 240GB 600's shows that the larger 240GB version has peak speeds that are nearly 50% higher than the smaller 120GB. This increase in speed is down to additional NAND modules on the larger version which allow more parallelization during writes. The 120GB 600 has peak sequential read/write speeds of 508/246 MB/s which is great for reading but terrible for writing. The 600 does have reasonable deep queue performance but that doesn't make up for its relative inability to write. Overall the 120GB Seagate 600 is both slower and more expensive than the group leaders[Feb '14 SSDrivePro]

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Good average bench

The Seagate 600 120GB averaged 29.7% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 65.5MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 22.1MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate 600 120GB is 34.5%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Seagate 600 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Write Speed 248MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 178MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 319 samples)
Min Avg Max
366 Read 476 509
164 Write 248 289
199 Mixed 307 366
75.7% 343 MB/s
Min Avg Max
14.7 4K Read 22.1 28.4
32.8 4K Write 65.5 102
11.4 4K Mixed 20.5 28.2
94.4% 36 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20 DQ Read 178 348
49.4 DQ Write 175 281
11.4 DQ Mixed 51.8 82.9
73.2% 135 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
111GB free
Firmware: C675 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 510
Write 289
Mixed 352
85% 383 MB/s
4K Read 25.7
4K Write 73.5
4K Mixed 27.9
114% 42.4 MB/s
DQ Read 261
DQ Write 243
DQ Mixed 82.2
108% 195 MB/s
15GB free
Firmware: C675 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 500
Write 253
Mixed 358
82% 370 MB/s
4K Read 24.1
4K Write 89.3
4K Mixed 16.8
105% 43.4 MB/s
DQ Read 295
DQ Write 271
DQ Mixed 15.1
85% 194 MB/s
16GB free
Firmware: C675 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 493
Write 236
Mixed 250
72% 327 MB/s
4K Read 21.1
4K Write 91.3
4K Mixed 23.8
111% 45.4 MB/s
DQ Read 264
DQ Write 212
DQ Mixed 64
95% 180 MB/s
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Approx. $119 @ launch in May '13
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