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SATA Hard Drives Run Riot: Maxtor, Hitachi, Western Digital 250 GB
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Manufacturer Hitachi / HGST Maxtor Corporation Western Digital Corporation
Model 7K250 6Y260M0 WD2500EB
Assembly Family 7K250 DiamondMax Plus 9 Caviar SE
Capacity HDS722525 - 250 GB

HDS7722516 - 160 GB

HDS722580 - 80 GB

6Y200M0 - 200 GB

6Y160M0 - 160 GB

6Y120M0 - 120 GB

6Y80M0 - 80 GB

WD2000EB - 200 GB

WD1600EB - 160 GB

WD1200EB - 120 GB

Rotation 7.200 U/Min 7.200 U/Min 7.200 U/Min
Interface Serial ATA 150 Serial ATA 150 Serial ATA 150
Cache 8 MB 8 MB 8 MB
Fluid Dynamic Bearing yes yes no
time 8.5 ms < 9.3 ms 8.9 ms

Test System

Testsystem
Processor Intel Pentium 4, 2.2 GHz
512 kB L2 Cache (Northwood)
Motherboard Asus P4P800S-E Deluxe Edition
Intel 848P Chipset (ICH5-R)

Intel D845EBT
Intel 845E Chipset (ICH4)

RAM 512 MB PC3200, Buffalo Tech
Controller Serial ATA : 82801ER (ICH5-R)
Parallel ATA : 82801EB (ICH4)
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400
Network Card 3COM 905TX PCI 100 MBit
OS Windows XP Pro 5.10.2600
Service Pack 1
Benchmarks
Office Applications ZD WinBench 99 - Business Disk Winmark 2.0 c’t h2benchw
High-End Applications ZD WinBench 99 - High-End Disk Winmark 2.0
Performance-Measurements c’t h2benchw
I/O performance Intel I/O meter
Drivers
Graphic NVIDIA reference driver 29.42
Chipset Intel INF Drivers 5.02.1002
DirectX-Version 9.0b
Resolution 1024x768, 16 bit, 85 Hz refresh

Unlike in past tests, this time around we decided to go with the h2bench2 from c’t magazine, since the results do not vary as widely. For that reason, the results of this test cannot be compared with those in previous articles without qualification.

We tweaked the test parameters for the temperature measurements as well in order to more accurately simulate real-life conditions. In concrete terms, that means the I/O meter ran for about two hours, subjecting the drive to a fair amount of strain. Only then did we read the temperature using an infrared measuring device ; the highest recorded value is reflected in our diagram.

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