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Comparison Table and Test Setup

New Desktop Hard Drives: Speed Or Capacity?
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Drive Comparison Table

Manufacturer
Samsung
Samsung
Western Digital
Western Digital
Model
EcoGreen F1 EcoGreen F2 WD Caviar GreenWD Caviar Green
Model Number
HD103UIHD502HIWD10EADSWD20EADS
Form Factor
3.5"3.5"3.5"3.5"
Capacity
1000 GB500 GB1000 GB2000 GB
Spindle Speed
5,400 RPM5,400 RPM5,400 RPM5,400 RPM
Other Capacities
250, 320, 500, 640, 750 GB1000, 1500 GB1500, 2000 GB1000, 1500 GB
Platters
3
1
3
4
Cache
32 MB
16 MB
32 MB
32 MB
NCQ
YesYesYesYes
Interface
SATA/300SATA/300SATA/300SATA/300
Operating Temperature
0-60° C0-60° C5-55°C0-60° C
Specified Idle Power
5.0 W3.9 W2.8 W3.9 W
Measured Idle Power
4.3W3.1
2.8 W5.2
Operating shock (2 ms, read)
70 G
70 G
65 G
65 G
Warranty
3 years3 years3 years3 years


Test Setup

System Hardware
Hardware
Details
CPU
Intel Core i7-920 (45 nm, 2.66 GHz, 8 MB L2 Cache)

Motherboard

(Socket 1366)

Supermicro X8SAX
Revision: 1.0
Chipset: Intel X58 + ICH10R

Bios: 1.0B
RAM
2 GB DDR3-1333 Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
HDD

Seagate NL35 400 GB
ST3400832NS
7,200 RPM, SATA150, 8 MB

Power Supply

OCZ EliteXstream 800 W
OCZ800EXS-EU

Benchmarks
Performance Measurements
h2benchw 3.12
PCMark Vantage 1.0
I/O Performance
IOMeter 2006.07.27
Fileserver-Benchmark
Webserver-Benchmark
Database-Benchmark
Workstation-Benchmark
Streaming Reads
Streaming Writes
System Software and Drivers
Driver
Details
Operating System
Windows Vista Ultimate SP1
Intel Chipset
9.1.0.1007
AMD Graphics
Radeon 8.12
Intel Matrix Storage
8.7.0.1007
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