Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB & Momentus 750GB

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Real World Performance (Continued)

When it came to copying files to itself, the Barracuda Green pulled ahead of both the Momentus XT and WD Caviar Blue. The Momentus lagged behind once again, but still had a big lead over the 5400 RPM WD Scorpio Blue.

In timed installs of PowerDVD and 3DMark06, the Barracuda Green held its own against the competition, while the Momentus came in dead last. It had particular trouble with PowerDVD, posting one of the slowest times.

Overall Performance

To gauge the overall performance of the drives, we assigned a score of 25 to the drive that excelled most in each benchmark series (loading, application, file copying, and installation) and the rest proportionally, giving each benchmark set an equal weighting. Of the drives compared, the WD Caviar Black 2TB was the fastest, scoring close to a perfect 100.

Despite its 5900 RPM rotational speed, the Barracuda Green 2TB's overall performance was much closer to 7200 RPM rather than 5400 RPM drives. It was four points behind the Caviar Blue 1TB, but eight points ahead of Samsung's EcoGreen F3 2TB.

The Momentus 750GB did pretty well in the loading and application portions of our test suite, but fell far behind in the file copy and installation categories. Its final score places it somewhere between 5400 RPM 3.5" drives like the EcoGreen F3 and their 2.5" contemporaries like the Scorpio Blue.

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