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Picking A Hard Drive For Your NAS: New Green Beats Old Speed

As in our previous NAS tests, all measurements were taken with jumbo frames disabled in our Gigabit Ethernet LAN. Our NAS used firmware version DSM 2.1-0844 for all benchmarks.

System Hardware
Asus P5E3 Deluxe, Rev.1.03G
Intel X38, BIOS: 0810 (02/11/2007)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (65nm Conroe core) @ 2.26 GHz
2 x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600
eSATA Controller
JMicron JMB363
System Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9, 160GB
7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 8MB Cache
NAS Drives
4 x Samsung Spinpoint F2 HD103SI, 1,000GB
5,400 RPM, SATA/300, 32MB Cache

4 x Samsung Spinpoint HD321KJ, 320GB
7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 16MB Cache

Optical Drive
Samsung SH-D163A , SATA/150
Graphics Card
Gigabyte Radeon HD 3850 GV-RX385512H
GPU: 670 MHz
Memory: 512 MB DDR3 (830 MHz, 256 Bit)
Marvell Yukon 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Power Supply
CoolerMaster RS-850-EMBA, ATX 12V V2.2, 850W  
System Software and Drivers
Operating System
Windows Vista Enterprise SP1
DirectX 10
DirectX 10 (Vista default)
DirectX 9
Version: April 2007
Graphics Driver
ATI Radeon Version 7.12
Networking Driver (Vista-Standard)
Intel Chipset Driver
Version (20/02/2008)
JMicron Chipset Driver
Version (24/03/2007)

You can find additional Benchmark graphs in our Image Gallery.

There is hardly a difference between the drive models where write speeds are concerned.

Aside from its lower power consumption and heat dissipation, Samsung’s newer drive, the Spinpoint F2 EcoGreen HD103SI, enjoys other benefits as well. For example, despite its lower spindle speed, it can read data faster than its older sibling, the Spinpoint T166 HD321KJ.

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