Desktop Backplane? Three 2.5" HDD Solutions Reviewed

Test Setup And Test Drives

Swipe to scroll horizontally
System Hardware
Processor(s)2x Intel Xeon Processor (Nocona core)3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
PlatformAsus NCL-DS (Socket 604)Intel E7520 Chipset, BIOS 1005
RAMCorsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.)2x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings
System Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar WD1200JB120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Test Hard DriveSeagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641 500 GB, 7,200 RPM, 16 MB Cache, SATA/300
Mass Storage Controller(s)Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)Silicon Image SATALink SiL3512 Driver FastTrak TX4310 Driver SATA 300TX4 Driver
NetworkingBroadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics CardOn-Board GraphicsATI RageXL, 8 MB
Swipe to scroll horizontally
System Hardware
Performance and Measurementsc't h2benchw 3.6 PCMark05 V1.01
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2003.05.10Fileserver-BenchmarkWebserver-BenchmarkDatabase-BenchmarkWorkstation-Benchmark
Swipe to scroll horizontally
System Software and Drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition,Service Pack 1
Platform DriverIntel Chipset Installation Utility
Graphics DriverDefault Windows Graphics Driver

Test Drives: Samsung 64 GB SLC Solid State Drives and Seagate Savvio 10K.2

Samsung’s SLC-based flash SSD is still one of the fastest solutions, combining high throughput with excellent I/O performance.

We also used Seagate’s Savvio 10K.2 for the four-bay backplanes.