Seagate has introduced the new FreeAgent GoFLex 1.5TB drive is a USB 3.0 in a usual portable shell for the users who requires a ton of space and also speed in External drive.
Features and Design
There is no need of two USB connectors like other devices. The USB 3.0 cable is thick, is of good quality and is fairly long. The drive has the same USB connectivity module at the back as some of the other past GoFLex drives had so there’s no need to swap the connector module with a USB 3.0 . The glossy finishing looks the drive very attractive. Seagate bundles a Memeo Instant Backup application for you to be able to quickly backup data from your PC to the drive. This high speed portable drive is little bit thicker than most portable drives but it just about fits into a pocket.
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Properties
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40 GHz
Motherboard: GIGABYTE P67A-UD3R
Memory: Corsair Dominator GT 4 GB DDR3 (2 x 2 GB)
Hard drive: WD Velociraptor 300 GB
GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II
PSU: Cooler Master 1000W
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Performance
The performance of USB 3.0 is comparatively higher than USB 2.0 . The Seagate FreeAgent 1.5TB is a 5400 rpm drive with 16MB of cache. Write speeds are a healthy 87.33MB/s for a single 4GB file. Assorted file tests take a beating though with speeds dropping to 48.14MB/s. Synthetic tests showed the read and write speeds to be around 74MB/s whle reading and 71MB/s while writing. Latencies are somewhat high at 23ms, but it doesn’t affect performance much.
There are no heating issues or vibrations or audible sounds from the drive. Overall though, the performance is very promising and the speeds are very close to 3.5-inch internal desktop drives.
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Price
The cost is also much as like the space and speed of USB 3.0. Priced at Rs. 12,500 it’s expensive for sure. If you’re looking for desktop drive-like performance and capacity, then this is worth considering.