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Test Setup

Round-Up: Comparison Testing of 22 Hard Disk Drives
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Hardware I
Processor 2x Intel Xeon, 3.6 GHz
1 MB L2 Cache (Nocona)
Motherboard Asus NCL-DS
Intel E7520 Chipset
BIOS 1005
Memory 2x 512 MB DDR2-400 Corsair ECC Registered
CL 3-3-3-10
Controller PATA/USB Intel 82801EB (ICH5)
Controller SCSI Adaptec AIC-7902B Ultra320
Controller SATA Silicon Image Sil3124 4xPort SATA Controller
Graphics card ATI RageXL , 8 MB
Network Broadcom BMC5721 PCIe Gigabit LAN Controller
OS Windows Server 2003
Service Pack 1
Benchmarks & Measurements
Performance measurements c’t h2benchw 3.6
PC Mark 2005 1.0.1
Drivers & Settings
Graphics driver Windows Default Driver
IDE driver Intel INF Drivers 7.0.0.1025
DirectX version 9.0c
Resolution 1024x768, 32 Bit, 85 Hz
Hardware II
Processor Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 840
(3.2 GHz, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard Abit AW8-Max
Intel 955X Chipset
BIOS 1.3
Memory 2x 512 MB - DDR2-667 (333 MHz)
Corsair CM2X512A-5400UL (XMS5400 V1.2)
(CL3-2-2-8-1T @ 333 MHz)
Controller IDE ICH7
Graphics card Asus Geforce 7800 GT
GPU : NVIDIA Geforce 7800 GT (400 MHz)
Memory : 256 MB DDR-SDRAM (500 MHz)
Network 3Com 905B
OS Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600,
Service Pack 2
Benchmarks & Measurements
I/O Performance IOMeter 2003.05.10
Fileserver Benchmark
Webserver Benchmark
Database Benchmark
Workstation Benchmark
Throughput Benchmark
Drivers & Settings
Graphics driver NVIDIA Forceware 77.77
IDE driver Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility 7.2.1.1003
DirectX version 9.0c
Resolution 1024x768, 32 Bit, 85 Hz

Test Results

Data Transfer Diagrams

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