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Do You Need A New Hard Drive With Your Windows 7 Upgrade?
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Setup for Low-Level Hard Drive Benchmarks

System Hardware
Hardware
Details
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (45nm, 2.66 GHz, 8MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard (LGA 1366)Supermicro X8SAX
Revision: 1.1
Chipset: Intel X58 + ICH10R
BIOS: 1.0B
RAM3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
HDDSeagate NL35 400 GB
ST3400832NS
7,200 RPM, SATA/150, 8MB Cache
Power SupplyOCZ EliteXstream 800W
OCZ800EXS-EU
Benchmarks
Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.13
PCMark Vantage 1.0
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2006.07.27
File server Benchmark, Web server benchmark, Workstation Benchmark, Database Benchmark
Streaming Reads
Streaming Writes
System Software & Drivers
Driver
Details
Operating SystemWindows Vista Ultimate SP1
Intel ChipsetChipset Installation Utility 9.1.0.1007
AMD GraphicsRadeon 8.12
Intel Matrix Storage8.7.0.1007


We haven’t changed acoustic management, which means that both drives operated at maximum performance.

Test Setup for Windows XP Versus Windows 7 Testing



Hardware
Details
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E6300 (65nm, 1.86 GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard (Socket 775)
DFI LANPartyUT P35-T2R, Rev. 1.0
Chipset: Intel P35 + ICH9R
BIOS: LP35D521
RAM
2 x 1GB DDR2-1066 Crucial CT2566AA1067
HDD I
Hitachi E7K500, 500GB (HDS725050KLA360)
7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 16MB cache
HDD II
Hitachi 7K2000, 2TB (HDS722020ALA330)
7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 32MB cache
GraphicsZotac GeForce 8800 GTS
GPU: GeForce 8800 GTS (500 MHz)
RAM: 320MB GDDR3 (1600 MHz)
Power SupplyOCZ EliteXstream 800W
OCZ800EXS-EU
Benchmarks
Performance Measurements
PCMark Vantage 1.0
SYSmark 2007 Preview, V.1.06
System Software And Drivers
Drivers
Details
Operating System IWindows XP Professional, Service Pack 3 (fully updated with Windows Update on 12/09/2009)
Operating System IIWindows 7 Ultimate (fully Updated with Windows Update on 12/09/2009)
Intel Chipset Drivers
Chipset Installation Utility 9.​1.​1.​1019
Nvidia Graphics Drivers
Version 195.62
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