Seagate's Barracuda SSD bares its teeth at PC, laptop upgraders

SATA flash drives to put low-cap disk on endangered list

Barracuda swimming near school of fish

Seagate has fired a new Barracuda SSD at the home server, PC and notebook disk replacement markets.

It's a 6Gbit/s SATA SSD in a 2.5-inch form factor, with capacities ranging from 250GB, through 500GB and 1TB, up to 2TB. The performance claims up to 90,000 random read IOPS, 540MB/sec sequential read and 520MB/sec sequential write. Seagate has not revealed random write IOPS.

These are on a par with Seagate's Nytro 141 SSD, introduced a year ago, with the same 6gig SATA interface, TLC (3bits/cell) 3D NAND and capacities up to 1TB.

We might assume Seagate's supplier has bumped up the 3D NAND layer count to double the capacity.

The Nytro 141 did up to 92,000/88,000 random read/write IOPS, which seems respectable enough and not much skewed in favour of reads over writes. We wouldn't expect the Barracuda SSD to be much different.

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The drive can sustain up to 1,092TB written over its life and has a 5-year warranty. That equates to, we calculate, 0.6 drive writes per day (using 4 x 365 and 1 x 366 days/year) at the 2TB capacity level.

It has 1.8-million-hour mean time between failures, a useful increase on the Nytro 141's 1.5 million hours, and an ultra-low power mode.

Seagate's Barracuda brand now includes both disk drives and SSDs, with the Barracuda Pro disk drive capacities ranging from 2TB to 12TB.

Prices start at $79.99 (£74.99) for 250GB, going up to $249.99 (£229.99) for the 1TB. We have no dollar tag for the 2TB model but its UK price is set at £449.99.

Seagate said it will become generally available in September.

A fairly uninformative data sheet can be found here (PDF). ®

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