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Test Setup And Throughput Diagrams

Not All 500 GB Hard Drives Are Created Equal
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System Hardware
Hardware
Details
CPU
Intel Core i7-920 (45 nm, 2.66 GHz, 8 MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard (Socket 1366)
Supermicro X8SAX
Revision: 1.0
Chipset: Intel X58 + ICH10R
BIOS: 1.0B
RAM
2 GB DDR3-1333 Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
HDD
Seagate NL35 400 GB
ST3400832NS
7,200 RPM, SATA/150, 8 MB Cache
Power Supply
OCZ EliteXstream 800W
OCZ800EXS-EU
Benchmarks
Performance Measurements
h2benchw 3.12
PCMark Vantage 1.0
I/O Performance
IOMeter 2006.07.27
Fileserver-Benchmark
Webserver-Benchmark
Database-Benchmark
Workstation-Benchmark
Streaming Reads
Streaming Writes
System Software and Drivers
Driver
Details
Operating System
Windows Vista Ultimate SP1
Intel Chipset Drivers
INF Chipset Installation Utility 9.1.0.1007
AMD Graphics Drivers
Catalyst 8.12
Intel Matrix Storage Drivers
8.7.0.1007


Samsung Spinpoint M6 HM500LI

Samsung Spinpojnt M7 HM500JI

While the Spinpoint M6 drops to ~37 MB/s minimum throughput, the Spinpoint M7 maintains at least 41 MB/s. Peak results differ more significantly.

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