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9.5 Versus 12.5 mm: Which Notebook HDD Is Right For You?

Comparison Table And Test Setup

ManufacturerToshibaToshiba
ModelMKxx65GSXMK6465GSXMKxx59GSMMK1059GSM
Form Factor2.5" (9.5 mm)2.5" (12.5 mm)
Capacity640GB1,000GB
Spindle Speed5,400 RPM5,400 RPM
Other Capacities160/250/320/500GB750GB
Platters23
Cache8MB8MB
NCQYesYes
InterfaceSATA 3Gb/sSATA 3Gb/s
Operating Temperature5-55°C5-55°C
Specified Idle Power0.8W0.7W
Measured Idle Power0.8W0.8W
Operating Shock (2 ms, read)400 G400 G

Test Setup

System Hardware
HardwareDetails
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (45 nm, 2.66 GHz, 8MB L3 Cache)
Motherboard (Socket 1366)Supermicro X8SAXRevision: 1.0, Chipset: Intel X58 + ICH10R, BIOS: 1.0B
RAM3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
HDDSeagate NL35, 400GB, ST3400832NS, 7,200 RPM, SATA 1.5 Gb/s, 8MB cache
Power SupplyOCZ EliteXstream 800W, OCZ800EXS-EU
Benchmarks
Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.12PCMark Vantage 1.0
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2006.07.27Fileserver-BenchmarkWebserver-BenchmarkDatabase-BenchmarkWorkstation-BenchmarkStreaming ReadsStreaming Writes
System Software & Drivers
DriverDetails
Operating SystemWindows Vista Ultimate SP1
Intel Chipset DriversChipset Installation Utility 9.1.0.1007
AMD GraphicsRadeon 8.12
Intel Matrix Storage8.7.0.1007