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Test Setup And MobileMark 2007 Results

Upgrading Your Notebook Hard Drive: Does It Make Sense?
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Platform
NotebookDell Latitude D630
Mobile Intel GM965 Express Chipset
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo T9500 (45nm; 2,600 MHz, 6MB L2 Cache)
RAMCorsair ValueRAM 2 x 2048MB DDR2-667 SDRAM 5-5-5-15
HDD I
Hitachi Travelstar 7K200
7,200 RPM, 160GB, 16MB Cache
HDD II
Hitachi Travelstar 7K500
7,200 RPM, 500GB, 16MB Cache
DVD-ROM
8x DVD+/-RW
Wireless
Intel 4965 WLAN (802.11a/g/n) mini Card
Screen
14.1" WideScreen WXGA+ LCD (1400x900)
Graphics CardIntel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Sound CardIntegrated
Power Supply9-Cell/85 WHr Primary Battery
System Software and Drivers
OS
Windows Vista Ultimate SP2
Updated on November 9 2009
Graphics DriversVersion 15.12.4.1666
Storage DriversIMSM 8.​9.​0.​1023
Benchmarks and Settings
MobileMark 2007Version 1.06
Productivity
SYSMark Preview 2007Version 1.06
Productivity


First, we ran MobileMark on the system running each of the hard drives. Although the power ratings of the new Travelstar 7K500 drive aren’t significantly lower, there was a benefit in battery runtime, even though the benefit of four minutes in a total runtime of more than six hours is tiny.

MobileMark does not reveal performance benefits for the new drive.

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