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Comparison Table, Test Setup

A Quartet Of 500 GB HDDs Under $60
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Manufacturer
Hitachi GST
Samsung
Seagate
Western Digital
Model
Deskstar 7K1000.B
Spinpoint F1
Barracuda 7200.11
WD Caviar Blue
Model Number
HDT721050SLA360HD502IJ ST3500320ASWD5000AAKS
Form Factor
3.5"
3.5"
3.5"
3.5"
Capacity
500 GB
500 GB500 GB500 GB
Spindle Speed
7,200 RPM
7,200 RPM
7,200 RPM
7,200 RPM
Other Capacities
750, 1,000 GB
320, 640, 750, 1,000 GB750, 1,000, 1,500 GB
640, 750 GB
Platters
2
2
3
2
Cache
16 MB
8 MB
32 MB
16 MB
NCQ
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Interface
SATA/300
SATA/300
SATA/300
SATA/300
Operating Temperature
0-60°C0-60°C0-60°C0-60°C
Specified Idle Power
4.4W
5.7W
7.96W
8.4W
Measured Idle Power
3.9W
6.4W
5.7W
6.1W
Operating Shock (2 ms, read)
70 G
70 G
65 G
65 G
Warranty
3 Years
3 Years
3 Years
3 Years

Test Setup

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
117
Mass Storage Controller(s)
Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Promise SATA 300TX4
Promise FastTrak TX4310
Driver 2.06.1.310
Networking
Broadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics Subsystem
On-Board Graphics
ATI RageXL, 8 MB
Performance Measurements
c't h2benchw 3.6
PCMark05 V1.01
I/O Performance
IOMeter 2003.05.10
Fileserver-Benchmark
Webserver-Benchmark
Database-Benchmark
Workstation-Benchmark
Performance and Power Measurements
IOMeter 2006.07.27
Fileserver-Benchmark
Webserver-Benchmark
Database-Benchmark
Workstation-Benchmark
System Software&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
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