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Four 3 TB Hard Drives, Tested And Reviewed

Comparison Table And Test Setup

Comparison Table

ManufacturerHitachiHitachiSeagateWestern Digital
FamilyDeskstar 5K3000Deskstar 7K3000Barracuda XTCaviar Green
Form Factor3.5"3.5"3.5"3.5"
Capacity3000 GB3000 GB3000 GB3000 GB
RPMCoolSpin7200 RPM7200 RPM5400 RPM
Other Available Capacities2000 GB, 1500 GB2000 GB, 1500 GB2000 GB2500 GB, 2000 GB, 1500 GB, 1000 GB, 750 GB
Cache32 MB64 MB64 MB64 MB
InterfaceSATA 6 Gb/sSATA 6 Gb/sSATA 6 Gb/sSATA 6 Gb/s
Operating Temperature5-60 °C5-60 °C5-60 °C0-60 °C
Idle Power, According To Manufacturer4.8 W6.8 W6.4 W5.5 W
Idle Power, According To Tom's Hardware5.1 W7.3 W7.3 W6.2 W
Operating Shock (2 ms, Read)70 G70 G63 G65 G
Warranty3 years3 years5 years3 years

Test Setup

System Hardware
CPUIntel Core i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge, D2), 32 nm 4C/4T, 3.3 GHz, 4 x 256 KB L2 Cache, 6 MB L3 Cache w/ HD Graphics 3000, 95 W TDP, 3.7 GHz max. Turbo Boost
Motherboard (LGA 1155)Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3, Revision: 2.0, Chipset: Intel Z68 Express, BIOS: F3
RAM2 x 2 GB DDR3-1333, Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D
System SSDIntel X25-M G1, 80 GB, Firmware 0701, SATA 3 Gb/s
ControllerIntel PCH Z68 SATA 6 Gb/s
Power SupplySeasonic X-760 760W, SS-760KM Active PFC F3
Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.16 PCMark 7 1.0.4
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2006.07.27 Fileserver benchmark Webserver benchmark Database benchmark Workstation benchmark Streaming reads Streaming writes 4K Random reads 4K Random writes
System Software And Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
Intel Chipset Drivers9.2.0.1030
Intel Rapid Storage Drivers10.​5.​0.​1026