15" MBP i7 4GB + Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Speed Tests

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BroccLee, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. BroccLee macrumors newbie

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    Long time lurker, first time poster.

    I received my 500GB Seagate Momentus XT yesterday and ran some quick and crude benchmarks that I thought I'd share with you guys in case anyone else was thinking of upgrading. Here are my observations.

    With Factory Seagate 7200rpm 500GB Drive:
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    Time to boot measured from hitting the power button to when the finder toolbar appeared at the top averaged approximately 40s to 45s.

    Running Photoshop CS5 immedately after reboot took approximately 10s.

    The above two tests were repeated about 4 or 5 times and were fairly consistent.


    With new Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive:
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    Time to boot measured from hitting the power button to when the finder toolbar appeared at the top averaged approximately 30s.

    Running Photoshop CS5 immedately after reboot took approximately 3s to 5s.

    The above two tests were repeated 4 times (sorry I ran out of time to run more) and as expected the first attempt was a little slower than subsequent tests. The times listed above represent the times I was getting after the first reboot.


    All in all i'm happy with the improvement, especially when i consider the fact that I still get my 500GB capacity. I wanted an SSD but couldn't bring myself to fork out the money to get a drive with enough capacity to meet my needs.

    If you have any questions or want me to run specific tests let me know. Not sure about running battery life tests since my battery-o-meter is all over the place telling me i have anywhere between 2 hours and 8 hours of battery life depending on what i'm doing at any given moment :)
     
  2. Celeron macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds good, I'm looking at picking one of these up. Where did you buy yours from?
     
  3. BroccLee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, I'm up in Canada and as an early adopter couldn't find many places here in Calgary to order from, so I ended up ordering online from NCIX.COM (who are located in Vancouver) for $150CDN+shipping+tax. Ordered May 25th and received it last night.
     
  4. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    I just bought 2 from TigerDirect online for $130 each
     
  5. rootss macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the speed test report. I'll be really interested in hearing about your real life battery experience.
     
  6. Chansp1970 macrumors newbie

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    the vibration and noise compared to a Hitachi drive?
     

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