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This time, we used two test systems, since we wanted to compare the data transfer rate of 1394b to 100 BaseT Ethernet. In addition to our test system for storage media (system 1), we also used a second computer with similar performance. Both of which were each equipped with a 3COM 3C905TX or a 1394b V1 from Century Global.

System 1 (Test with external disk drive)
CPU Intel Pentium 4, 2.0 GHz
256 kB L2 Cache (Willamette)
Mainboard Intel 845EBT
Intel 845E Chipset
BIOS BT84520A.86A.0024.P10
Memory 256 MB DDR266/PC2100, CL2.0
Micron/Crucial
Controller ICH4 UltraATA/100 Controller
On-Board USB 2.0 (ICH4)
Century Global 1394b V1
Graphics Card ATI Radeon SDRAM, 32 MB
Hard Drive IBM DTLA-307030, 30 GB
7.200 U/Min, 2 MB Cache
15 GB per platter
OS Windows XP Pro 5.10.2600 SP1
Network 3COM 3C905TX, PCI, 100 MBit/s
3COM 3C9996B-T, PCI-X, Gbe
System 2 (for network test)
CPU Intel Pentium 4, 2.2 GHz
512 kB L2 Cache (Northwood)
Mainboard AOpen AX4PE Max
Intel 845PE Chipset
BIOS 1.10 (May 29, 2003)
Memory 256 MB DDR400/PC3200, CL 2.0
TwinMOS
Controller ICH4 UltraATA/100 Controller
On-Board USB 2.0 (ICH4)
Century Global 1394b V1
Graphics Card ATI Radeon SDRAM, 32 MB
Hard Drive IBM/Hitachi IC35L060 AVVA07
60 GB, 7.200 rpm, 8 MB Cache
40 GB per platter
OS Windows XP Pro 5.10.2600 SP1
Network 3COM 905TX PCI, 100, 100 MBit/s
3COM 3C9996B-T, PCI-X, Gbe
Benchmarks & Measurements
Storage Performance Measurements c't h2benchw 3.6
Data Transfer Diagram ZD WinBench 99 2.0
Disk Inspection Test
Network Performance Measurements NetIQ Chariot 4.3
Drivers
Graphics Driver 5.1.2001.0 (Windows XP Standard)
IDE Driver Intel Chipset Installation Utility 5.1.1.1002
DirectX Version 9.0a
Screen Resolution 1024x768, 16 Bit, 85 Hz refresh
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