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Comparison Table And Test Setup

Three New Desktop Hard Drives For 2010
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ManufacturerHitachiSamsungSeagate
ModelDeskstar 7K2000Spinpoint F3Barracuda XT
Model NumberHDS722020ALA330HD103SJST32000641AS 
Form Factor3.5"3.5"3.5"
Capacity2,000GB1,000GB2,000GB
Spindle Speed7,200 RPM7,200 RPM7,200 RPM
Other Capacities1,000GB500GB-
Platters5
2
4
Cache32MB32MB64MB
NCQYesYesYes
InterfaceSATA 3 Gb/s
SATA 3 Gb/sSATA 6 Gb/s
Operating Temperature5-60°C0-60°C5-60°C
Specified Idle Power 7.5W6.3W6.6W
Measured Idle Power 7.6W4.9W6.4W
Operating Shock (2ms, read)70 G70 G63 G
Warranty3 Years3 Years5 Years
System Hardware
HardwareDetails
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (45nm, 2.66 GHz, 8MB L3 Cache)
Motherboard
(Sockel 1366)
Supermicro X8SAX
Revision: 1.1
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 ChipsetChipset Installation Utility 9.1.0.1007
AMD GraphicsRadeon 8.12
Intel Matrix Storage8.7.0.1007


Since all hard drives are compared on the same reference storage test system, we could not benchmark the Barracuda XT at 6 Gbit/s SATA link speed. As you can see in this first 6 Gbit/s SATA review, this would slightly improve some benchmark results, but not change the overall picture.

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