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Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: All Constellation ES drives are rated to 6Gb/s SATA III speeds, incorporate 64MB of cache, utilize 7200RPM spindle speeds and offer Native Command Queing. The drives are covered by an impressive 5 year warranty and rated to1.2 million hours MTBF.
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Home > Reviews > Hard Drives/SSD > Seagate ST10000NM0011

Solid state drives are fast, wonderful and sunshine beams from every circuit trace... but when a SSD fails it's usually an all or nothing proposition. An electrical fault can zap the SSD controller and if that happens, the data locked inside becomes unrecoverable. It's because of the technologies' inherently poor tolerance to catastrophic failure that PCSTATS has *not gone* SSD RAID in data critical applications... despite the very tempting gains in speed to be had.

Instead, we've carefully chosen good quality, enterprise class mechanical hard drives that offer more economical storage, increased longevity in write intensive environments and better fault tolerance in the long run. With all of this in mind, PCSTATS recently picked up a pair of 1TB Seagate Constellation ES enterprise drives for a RAID 1 system in a data critical PC. On one hand we wanted to see how Seagate's enterprise drives would hold up to Western Digital's RE4's - which I've had to RMA about three times already - and on the other, the Constellation ES drives are 6Gb/s SATA III drives while the WD RE4 is only 3Gb/s SATA II.

Anyway, let's take a look at Seagate's 1TB Constellation ES drive and find out how it stacks up against Western Digital's enterprise disks. Let the hard drive smack down commence!

Seagate Constellation ES hard drive family ranges in capacity from 500GB to 2TB and is offered in both SATA and SAS variants. Select models also support SED or FIPS based self-encryption for government mandated information security compliance. All Constellation ES drives are rated to 6Gb/s SATA III speeds, incorporate 64MB of cache, utilize 7200RPM spindle speeds and offer Native Command Queing. The drives are covered by an impressive 5 year warranty and rated to1.2 million hours MTBF; both of which speak well to their presumed reliability.

Seagate Constellation ES 1.0TB Hard Drive

Model: Seagate Constellation ST1000NM0011
Drive Cache: 64MB
Capacity: 1.0TB (7200RPM, two-platters)

Type: Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
Interface: 6Gb/s SATA III
Price: $109USD

In this review PCSTATS will be testing the 1.0TB Seagate Constellation ES ST1000NM0011 hard drive; this model is a 5th generation 3.5" hard drive which supports 6Gb/s SATA III and should be able to meet sustained data transfer rates of 140MB/s.

Seagate's 1TB ST1000NM0011 Constellation ES drive retails for around $109 CDN ($109 USD, £60 GBP) at stores like CanadaComputers.com. Average write latency is 4.16ms, power consumption just 6.4W. The drive is exceptionally quiet under power (idle: 1.9 bels, seek: 2.7 bels), to the point where we actually double checked the power cables to see if they were connected! Along with NCQ, Seagates' ST1000NM0011 supports SMART, write cache, power management, SCT tables and upgradeable firmware.

Test System Specs

The details of how the 1TB ST1000NM0011 Constellation ES hard drive test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configuration
test system

intel core i5 2500k (32nm)

clock speed: 33 x 100 mhz = 3.3 ghz
socket: socket lga1155

gigabyte ga-z77x-ud5h (z77 express)


gbt gv-n470so-13i (geforce gtx470)


4x 4gb corsair ddr3-1600c9

memory speed: ddr3-1600 ram
hard drive:

- ssd -
128gb Plextor PX-128M1S (3GB/s)
120GB OCZ VTX2-SSD (3Gb/s)
240GB OCZ VTX3-SSD (6Gb/s)
240GB SanDisk SDSSDX-240G-G25 (6Gb/s)
256GB Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 (6Gb/s)

240GB Kingston SV300S37A/240G (6Gb/s)

- HDD -
1TB Seagate ST1000NM0011 (6Gb/s)
1TB WD RE4 WD1003FBYX (3Gb/s)
1TB WD WD1001FALS (3Gb/s)
3TB Seagate Barracuda XT (6GB/s)
2TB Segate Barracuda XT (6GB/s)
750GB Seagate Momentus XT SSHD (6GB/s)
500GB Seagate Momentus XT SSHD (3Gb/s)

Optical Drive:

Plextor PX-B310U Blu-Ray

Power Supply:

Seasonic SS-760KM (760W)


Intel Reference 2011 Heatsink

Monitor (1080p):


Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultiimate 64-bit
Intel INF
nVidia 285.62

Hard Drive Benchmarks:
HDTune Pro 4.0
PCmark Vantage
SiSoft Sandra 2012
HD Tach

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Contents of Article: Seagate ST10000NM0011
 Pg 1.  — Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
 Pg 2.  HDD Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 3.  HDD Benchmarks: HD Tune Pro Read / Write
 Pg 4.  HDD Benchmarks: Sandra 2012
 Pg 5.  HDD Benchmarks: HD Tach

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