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Seagate 750 GB Barracuda Enters The Big League
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Manufacturer Maxtor Seagate Western Digital
Series DiamondMax 11 Barracuda WD5000KS
Model 6H500F0 7200.10 Caviar SE16
Capacity 500 750 GB 500 GB
Rotation Speed 7200 RPM 7200 RPM 7200 RPM
Other Capacities 400 GB 500, 400, 320, 300, 250, 200 GB 250, 320, 400 GB
Platter 3 to 4 1 to 4 2 to 4
Cache 16 MB 16 MB 16 MB
NCQ yes yes no
Interface SATA/300 SATA/300 SATA/300
Warranty 3 years 5 years 3 years

Test Setup

System Hardware
Processor(s) 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.)
2x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings
System Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB
120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Mass Storage Controller(s) Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Silicon Image Sil3124, PCI-X
Networking Broadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics Card On-Board Graphics
ATI RageXL, 8 MB
System Hardware
Performance Measurements c’t h2benchw 3.6
I/O Performance IOMeter 2003.05.10
Fileserver-Benchmark
Webserver-Benchmark
Database-Benchmark
Workstation-Benchmark
System Software & Drivers
OS Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, Service Pack 1
Platform Driver Intel Chipset Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025
Graphics Driver Default Windows Graphics Driver

Benchmark Results

As always, the benchmark charts include lots of hard drives for comparison of the three models under test. However, we have now dropped UltraATA drives, as Serial ATA has become the dominant interface. If you are looking for comprehensive comparison options, please check out our Interactive Hard Drive Charts ; these include all hard drives tested to date, including lower capacity and UltraATA models.

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