External SSD drive-a faithful companion photographer or videographer, in General, all who need to carry large amounts of data. Today, these devices are already quite compact, silent, work with laptops and smartphones, and the USB 3.1 Gen2 interface with the Type-C port gives a speed of about 540 MB/s when reading.
We got to test the 1-Terabyte version of the drive Seagate Fast SSD. These are the most compact of Seagate’s external drives, available only in black and gray, compatible with PC and Mac, and factory-formatted to ExFAT, although you can reformat them to NTFS. Included with the drive are cables with ports Type-C and traditional Type-A.
From the characteristics in addition to the speed 500 - 540 MB/sec manufacturer more than anything, not promises, and even disassembled the drive to see his insides, does not work. There is no information about the SSD resource anywhere, but since modern 3D TLC chips allow you to create 1-terabyte drives with a resource of about 500 TBW, we can safely say that in this regard, Seagate Fast SSD, like other external drives, is eternal. The drive uses memory chips Toshiba 3D TLC, the Phison S10 controller and USB Converter on the chip ASMedia ASM235CM.
Seagate has its own Toolkit program to work with an SSD drive, but it is useless in terms of functionality, so you can not even waste time downloading. We go directly to the tests.
Test bench configuration:
- AMD Ryzen 5 1600 @ 4 GHz
- 16 GB DDR 4 @ 3 GHz
- ASRock X470 Ultimate Taichi
- Windows 10 x64 Enterprise
- IoMeter (use custom patterns. Each test lasts 5 minutes, between tests-5 minutes of downtime to initialize TRIM. The diagrams show the instantaneous speed in each second of the test).
We start with a useless, but beautiful test CrystalDisk Benchmark and see very good results even with a 32-Gigabyte file size.
But fabulous 540 MB/s writing breaking on the harsh reality as soon as you copy to disk movie: 340-350 MB/s ceiling with ExFAT, and NTFS.
Naturally, most of the buyers of such external SSDS never think about the fact that the disk can be formatted in NTFS and get support for the TRIM function, which will always give you the best performance when writing. This is why we run our core test Suite twice: on ExFAT by default and on NTFS with a sector size of 4 KB.