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Test Setup And Test Drives

Desktop Backplane? Three 2.5" HDD Solutions Reviewed
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System Hardware
Processor(s)
2x Intel Xeon Processor (Nocona core)
3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
Platform
Asus NCL-DS (Socket 604)
Intel E7520 Chipset, BIOS 1005
RAM
Corsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.)
2x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings
System Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB
120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Test Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641
500 GB, 7,200 RPM, 16 MB Cache, SATA/300
Mass Storage Controller(s)
Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Silicon Image SATALink SiL3512
Driver 1.2.0.57
Promise FastTrak TX4310
Driver 2.06.1.310
Promise SATA 300TX4
Driver 1.0.0.33
Networking
Broadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics Card
On-Board Graphics
ATI RageXL, 8 MB
System Hardware
Performance and Measurements
c't h2benchw 3.6
PCMark05 V1.01
I/O Performance
IOMeter 2003.05.10
Fileserver-Benchmark
Webserver-Benchmark
Database-Benchmark
Workstation-Benchmark
System Software and Drivers
OS
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition,
Service Pack 1
Platform Driver
Intel Chipset Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025
Graphics Driver
Default Windows Graphics Driver


Test Drives: Samsung 64 GB SLC Solid State Drives and Seagate Savvio 10K.2

Samsung’s SLC-based flash SSD is still one of the fastest solutions, combining high throughput with excellent I/O performance.

We also used Seagate’s Savvio 10K.2 for the four-bay backplanes.

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