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Three New Desktop Hard Drives For 2010

Comparison Table And Test Setup

ManufacturerHitachiSamsungSeagate
ModelDeskstar 7K2000Spinpoint F3Barracuda XT
Model NumberHDS722020ALA330HD103SJST32000641AS
Form Factor3.5"3.5"3.5"
Capacity2,000GB1,000GB2,000GB
Spindle Speed7,200 RPM7,200 RPM7,200 RPM
Other Capacities1,000GB500GB-
Platters524
Cache32MB32MB64MB
NCQYesYesYes
InterfaceSATA 3 Gb/sSATA 3 Gb/sSATA 6 Gb/s
Operating Temperature5-60°C0-60°C5-60°C
Specified Idle Power7.5W6.3W6.6W
Measured Idle Power7.6W4.9W6.4W
Operating Shock (2ms, read)70 G70 G63 G
Warranty3 Years3 Years5 Years

System Hardware
HardwareDetails
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (45nm, 2.66 GHz, 8MB L3 Cache)
Motherboard (Sockel 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 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 ChipsetChipset Installation Utility 9.1.0.1007
AMD GraphicsRadeon 8.12
Intel Matrix Storage8.7.0.1007

Since all hard drives are compared on the same reference storage test system, we could not benchmark the Barracuda XT at 6 Gbit/s SATA link speed. As you can see in this first 6 Gbit/s SATA review, this would slightly improve some benchmark results, but not change the overall picture.