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Test Setup And Transfer Diagram

Scorpio Blue: Big Notebook HDDs Go Mainstream
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Test Setup for Performance Benchmarks

System Hardware              
Processors
2X Intel Xeon Processor ( Nocona Core)
3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
Platform
Asus NCL-DS (Socket - 604)
Intel E7520 Chipset, BIOS 1005
RAM
Corsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg), 2 x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings
System Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB
120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, Ultra ATA / 100
Mass Storage Controller (s)
Intel 82801EB UltraATA  / 100 Controller ( ICH5)
Promise FastTrak TX4310
Driver 2.06.1.310
Networking
Broadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphic Subsystem
On-board Graphics
ATI RageXL, 8 MB
System Hardware
Performance Measurements
c't h2benchw 3.6, PCMark05 V1.01
I/O Performance
IOmeter 2003.05.10
Fileserver-Benchmark
Webserver-Benchmark
Database-Benchmark
Workstation-Benchmark
I/O Performance While Power MeasuredIOmeter 2006.07.27
Workstation-Benchmark
Streaming-Benchmark
System Software&Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, Service Pack 1
Platform Driver
Intel Chipset Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025
Graphic Driver
Default Windows Graphics Drivers


Test Setup for Efficiency and Power Tests

Platform Power Consumption Idle + Video
Notebook
Dell Latitude D630, Mobile Intel Chipset
CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 (45 nm, 2600 MHz, 6 MB L2 Cache)
RAM
Corsair ValueRAM 2x 2018 MB DDR2-667 SDRAM 5-5-5-15
DVD-ROM
8x DVD+ / -RW
Wireless
Intel 4965 WLAN (802.11a/g/n) mini Card
Screen
14 inches Widescreen WXGA + LCD (1400 x 900)
Graphics CardIntel integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Sound CardIntegrated
Power Supply9-cell/85Whr Primary Battery
System Software and Drivers
OS
Windows Vista Ultimate 6.0 Build SP1
DirectX Version
10
Platform Drivers Intel
Version 8.2.0.1014
Graphics Drivers
igdumd32.dll (7.14.00.10.1253)
Platform Mobilemark07 + Sysmark Preview 2007
Notebook
Dell Latitude D630
Mobile Intel GM965 Express Chipset
CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 (45 nm, 2500 MHz, 6 MB L2 Cache)
RAM
Samsung M470T5663QZ3 2x 2048 MB DDR2-667 SDRAM 5-5-5-15
DVD-ROM
8x DVR +/- RW
Wireless
Intel 4965 WLAN (802.11a/b/g) mini Card
Screen
14.1 inch Widescreen WXGA+LCD (1400x900)
Graphics Card
Intel integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Sound Card
Integrated
Power Supply
6-Cell/56 Whr Primary Battery
System Software and Drivers
OS
Windows XP SP2 (Sysmark Preview 2007)

Windows Vista Ultimate 6.0 Build 6000 SP1 (Mobilemark07)
DirectX Version
 9
Platform Drivers Intel
Version 8.2.0.1014
Graphics Drivers
Version 6.14.10.4926
Benchmarks and Settings
VLC
Version
Playing  VOB file
BAPCO MobileMark 2007
Version 1.04
Productivity 2007
BAPCO Sysmark Preview 2007
Version 1.04
Single Run

Transfer Diagram


As mentioned above, the performance level of the new 500 GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue equals that of a 750 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10, which is a 3.5” desktop hard drive. It starts at above 80 MB/s and goes down to a bit more than 40 MB/s minimum transfer rate. These results are valid for both reads and writes.

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