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Comparison Table And Test Setup

9.5 Versus 12.5 mm: Which Notebook HDD Is Right For You?
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ManufacturerToshibaToshiba
ModelMKxx65GSX
MK6465GSX
MKxx59GSM
MK1059GSM
Form Factor2.5" (9.5 mm)2.5" (12.5 mm)
Capacity640GB1,000GB
Spindle Speed5,400 RPM5,400 RPM
Other Capacities160/250/320/500GB750GB
Platters2
3
Cache
8MB8MB
NCQYes
Yes
InterfaceSATA 3Gb/s
SATA 3Gb/s
Operating Temperature5-55°C5-55°C
Specified Idle Power 0.8W0.7W
Measured Idle Power 0.8W0.8W
Operating Shock (2 ms, read)400 G400 G


Test Setup

System Hardware
HardwareDetails
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (45 nm, 2.66 GHz, 8MB L3 Cache)
Motherboard
(Socket 1366)
Supermicro X8SAX
Revision: 1.0, Chipset: Intel X58 + ICH10R, BIOS: 1.0B
RAM3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
HDDSeagate NL35, 400GB, ST3400832NS, 7,200 RPM, SATA 1.5 Gb/s, 8MB cache
Power SupplyOCZ EliteXstream 800W, OCZ800EXS-EU
Benchmarks
Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.12
PCMark Vantage 1.0
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2006.07.27
Fileserver-Benchmark
Webserver-Benchmark
Database-Benchmark
Workstation-Benchmark
Streaming Reads
Streaming Writes
System Software & Drivers
DriverDetails
Operating SystemWindows Vista Ultimate SP1
Intel Chipset DriversChipset Installation Utility 9.1.0.1007
AMD GraphicsRadeon 8.12
Intel Matrix Storage8.7.0.1007
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    Ubrales , May 22, 2010 10:14 PM
    Good informative article, with a clear concise conclusion!
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    mikie tim t , May 24, 2010 8:57 PM
    I could see these being beneficial in SSD/App, HD/Data type setups where the SSD is the boot/app drive with the HD as the data drive.
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    danwat1234 , July 24, 2010 11:50 PM
    mikie tim tI could see these being beneficial in SSD/App, HD/Data type setups where the SSD is the boot/app drive with the HD as the data drive.


    Exactly. SSD for OS and apps, this drive (or a 1.5TB 12.5mm drive when it comes out) for storage of large, defragmented files.

    Meh ... but by the time a 1.5TB 12.5mm drive comes out, a 1000GB 7200RPM 9.5mm drive will be around ... decisions decisions.