Real Gentlemen: Performance IDE Hard Drives

Test Setup

Test System
CPU Intel Celeron, 500 MHz
Motherboard Asus CUSL2, i815 Chipset
RAM 128 MB SDRAM, 7ns (Crucial/Micron ) CL2
IDE Controller i815 UltraDMA/100 Controller (ICH2)
Graphics Card i815 On-Board Graphics
Network 3COM 905TX PCI 100 MBit
Operating Systems Windows 98 SE 4.10.2222 A
Windows 2000 Pro 5.00.2195 SP1
Benchmarks and Measurements
Office Applications Benchmark ZD WinBench 99 - Business Disk Winmark 1.2
Highend Applications Benchmark ZD WinBench 99 - High-End Disk Winmark 1.2
Low Level Benchmarks HD Tach 2.61
Performance Tests HD Tach 2.61
Settings
Graphics Drivers Intel i815 Reference Drivers 4.3
IDE-Drivers Intel Bus Master DMA Drivers 6.03
DirectX Version 8.0a
Screen Resolution 1024x768, 16 Bit, 85 Hz Refresh

Benchmarks

The following benchmark charts will include the test results for the three new drives plus some formerly tested drives for reference. In addition, I put the three budget drives into the charts as well - just to give you a better overview on the performance difference between 5,400 and 7,200 rpm drives - they won't be mentioned for comparison reasons.

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