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Review roundup: Seagate Momentus XT 750GB hybrid drive

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We've rounded up reviews on the Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive to help you decide if the performance boost and increased capacity are worth the price bump.

seagate momentus xt hard drive 1000
seagate momentus xt hard drive 1000

A few weeks ago, Seagate announced the second version of its 2.5-inch Momentus XT hybrid laptop drive, which combines the large capacity of a 750GB spinner with the speed of an 8GB flash cache — the cache stores the most commonly read data for quick access over the upgraded 6Gbps Sata III connection. AnandTech, CNET, Storage Review, and Maximum PC have all reviewed the Momentus XT and universally praise the near-SSD performance on cached reads, but one common knock was that it takes one or two data accesses before the drive "learns" what should be cached. Nobody liked the $249 price, but with performance gains over the previous 500GB Momentus XT and a price per gigabyte still much lower than SSDs, Seagate's newest hybrid drive still comes highly recommended. If you want to see all the benchmarks (and we know you love benchmarks), just pick your favorite review.