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Seagate Momentus 5400.2 IDE (120GB)
By CPU-zilla
Category : Storage
Published by Jimmy Tang on Friday, 23rd September, 2005
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


Drive Features

The unit reviewed here is based on the common Ultra ATA-100 interface. Although Serial ATA mobile drives have already been introduced, they are still rarely found in the market since most mainstream notebooks do not yet have Serial ATA support in them. In addition, most external USB chassis are based on the older IDE interface, and it's almost pointless to purchase a 2.5-inch Serial ATA right now. However, Seagate does have plans to introduce them into retail store shelves soon as there has been an increasing amount of Sonoma-based notebooks being introduced recently. In addition, small form factor PCs brought into the market recently have begun to support 2.5-inch drives since the novelty of such drives include their smaller size, lower operating temperatures and lower noise output.

The underside view of the Seagate Momentus 5400.2.


The Momentus 5400.2's IDE/power interface.


The Momentus 5400.2 with the PCB removed.


The Seagate Momentus 5400.2 utilizes Samsung's 64Mb SDRAM memory chip as its buffer.


Test Setup

Since our last hard drive article, there were a couple of changes to the SATA technology. Mainly, the introduction of NCQ and SATA II, the latest speed bump to SATA drives to 3Gbps, has made our previous testbed obsolete. Thus, we decided to upgrade our testbed to keep up with the times. Because of the change in our testbed, we had to discard all of our previous results too. Though it was a painful thing to do, we think it's important that we have the hard disks benchmarked with the latest setup, so that it accurately reflects the performance of today's hard disk drives. We know that SATA has nothing to do with the review here, but we had to keep a single testbed so as to reproduce consistent results that could be compared throughout.

The new testbed is based on the NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra chipset which natively support the new SATA 3Gbps (also known as SATA II) standard. Benchmarks used in the new testbed will include the following :-

  • Iometer 2004.07.30
  • Futuremark PCMark 05
  • CrystalMark 0.9.111.261
  • Winbench 99 v2.0

    In our test section, we'll be comparing the new Momentus 5400.2 with Seagate's older Momentus 40GB drive. This will give us a better idea of the drive's performance as compared with its earlier generation.
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