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500GB Per Platter: Three Next-Gen 7,200 RPM Hard Drives

Comparison Table And Test Setup

Comparison Table

SamsungWestern DigitalWestern Digital
ModelSpinpoint F3WD Caviar BlackWD RE4
Model NumberHD502HJWD2001FASSWD2003FYYS
Form Factor3.5"3.5"3.5"
Capacity500GB2,000GB2,000GB
Spindle Speed7,200 RPM7,200 RPM7,200 RPM
Other Capacities1,000GB500GB, 640GB, 750GB, 1,000GB-
Platters144
Cache16MB64MB64MB
NCQYesYesYes
InterfaceSATA/300SATA/300SATA/300
Operating Temperature0-60°C0-60°C5-55°C
Specified Idle Power5W8.2W8.2W
Measure Idle Power4.1W6.4W6.4W
Operating Shock (2 ms, read)70 G30 G30 G
Warranty3 Years5 Years5 Years

Test Setup

System Hardware
HardwareDetails
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (45nm, 2.66 GHz, 8MB L3 Cache)
Motherboard (Socket 1366)Supermicro X8SAX Revision: 1.1, Chipset: Intel X58 + ICH10R, BIOS: 1.0B
RAM3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
HDDSeagate NL35 400GB ST3400832NS, 7,200 RPM, SATA/150, 8MB Cache
Power SupplyOCZ EliteXstream 800W OCZ800EXS-EU
Benchmarks
Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.12PCMark Vantage 1.0
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2006.07.27Fileserver-Benchmark, Webserver-Benchmark, Database-Benchmark, Workstation-Benchmark, Streaming Reads, Streaming Writes
System Software and Drivers
DriverDetails
Operating SystemWindows Vista Ultimate SP1
Intel ChipsetChipset Installation Utility 9.1.0.1007
AMD GraphicsCatalyst Control Center 8.12
Intel Matrix Storage8.7.0.1007