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Seagate Momentus 5400  (Source: Seagate Technology)
Seagate's latest notebook offerings, 3 capacities with hybrid NAND flash technology, does not currently produce promised results

The first Seagate hybrid hard disk drives are now shipping but the reviews will disappoint. Seagate first announced the Momentus 5400 PSD line of hybrid 2.5-inch hard disk drives this past June promising a performance boost based on the hybrid design using NAND flash memory for use with the Windows Vista operating system.

The Momentus 5400 PSD line is shipping in capacities of 80 GB, 120 GB, and 160 GB of magnetic storage combined with 256 MB of flash. The manufacturer's specifications state a 44 MB/sec sustained stransfer rate and 8 MB of that oldschool cache. The average seek time is 12.5 ms with an average latency of 5.6 ms. Combined with Microsoft Windows Vista's ReadyDrive technology hybrid hard drives are supposed to improve system performance, hold increased reliability, and reduce power consumption and/or increase laptop battery life.

However, the first impressions of the first hybrid hard disk drives are leaving consumers with those familiar "empty promise" feelings. Is Seagate's product to blame?

Melissa Johnson, a product manager for Seagate, stated that the cause of the lack of performance improvements over the original flavor of the Momentus 5400 line was in the BIOS and operating system drivers.

Earlier this year, before any hybrid hard drives were available to the general public, Lenovo bloggers made bold claims that first generation hybrid hard drives would be a bust. So far, it seems those claims were true. We can only hope these issues are resolved or the entire idea of a hybrid hard disk drive may become another technology that never could.

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RE: Another hit on Vista...
By ignitionxvi on 10/8/2007 3:19:29 PM , Rating: 2
and in which ways is vista an improvement over XP? I'll upgrade when I see a reason to upgrade.

RE: Another hit on Vista...
By FITCamaro on 10/8/2007 3:24:19 PM , Rating: 3
See thats a valid point to have. If you don't see any added value, fine. Don't get it.

For me though the improvements are DX10, insanely better permissions and user account implementation, tighter .NET integration, better wireless support, and better network stack.

RE: Another hit on Vista...
By Smurfer2 on 10/8/2007 3:29:49 PM , Rating: 2
Good response FITCamaro, it also has other benefits that I like, increased stability, ability to split the GPU's process power, a more stable audio kernel, etc, etc...

Kind of like why upgrade to XP when ya have 2000 Professional...

RE: Another hit on Vista...
By BVT on 10/9/2007 2:28:41 PM , Rating: 2
I gotta know what the hell you people were doing with XP that made it unstable. I have not had a XP crash in years, even then, it was my fault for overclocking.

XP is rock solid stable for me.

RE: Another hit on Vista...
By Xerstead on 10/8/2007 6:57:48 PM , Rating: 2
And it looks nice :)
I wont be upgrading to Vista on this PC. But I am looking to build a new one fairly soon and will get Vista for that.

RE: Another hit on Vista...
By mindless1 on 10/8/2007 10:00:22 PM , Rating: 2
Funny, I don't have any of those (supposed) problems with XP. Maybe you're stretching things a bit except for the eventual gain from DX10 games.

RE: Another hit on Vista...
By killerroach on 10/8/2007 3:30:08 PM , Rating: 2
First off, although they're still not perfect yet (but have about reached parity with XP finally), video card drivers under the new display model have noticeable advantages. Far fewer crashes and STOP errors, and the drivers can restart themselves. That's a noticeable plus.

Secondly, Superfetch is pretty good stuff, especially if you have 2GB of RAM (and at the price that DDR2 sells for anymore, you should). It does make a noticeable difference in application start-up times.

Third, if you have use for Media Center functionality, an OEM copy of Vista Home Premium (which includes Media Center) sells for roughly the same as an OEM copy of XP Home (which doesn't include Media Center). It's not my cup of tea, but it has advantages for HTPC owners.

Fourth, (admittedly a minor feature) the install DVD comes with a built-in memory diagnostic program. Very handy.

Finally, there's that little thing called DirectX 10. It doesn't seem like much right now, but people were saying the same thing when DX9 first came out. Once games start coming out that are designed from the ground up for DX10 (probably starting sometime next year), that will make a huge difference for gamers.

RE: Another hit on Vista...
By Fallen Kell on 10/8/2007 4:16:44 PM , Rating: 2
I'll most certainly agree on the performance. In fact, I think it is faster then XP in certain aspects, especially load time. I am constantly the 1st person to load the next map in Counter-Strike Source, and in many of those cases I still have to download the map first and then load it, and I am still up and in before others. If I have the map, I am almost certainly the first person in the game, and I know I don't have the fastest computer out there or on the server(s) I play on, however I do have 4GB RAM...

RE: Another hit on Vista...
By mindless1 on 10/8/2007 10:05:01 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, no your system and amount of memory account for that, Vista has no chance of causing your level to load faster.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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