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Seagate's 1.5TB Barracuda: Bigger And Better?

Comparison Table And Test Setup

SeagateWestern Digital
ModelBarracuda 7200.11WD RE 3
Model NumberST31500341ASWD1002FBYS
Form Factor3.5"3.5"
Capacity1500 GB1000 GB
Spindle Speed7,200 RPM7,200 RPM
Other Capacities160, 320, 500, 640, 750, 1000 GB,750 GB-
Platters43
Cache32 MB32 MB
NCQYesYes
InterfaceSATA/300SATA/300
Operating Temperature0-60°C0-60°C
Specified Idle Power8.3 W7.8 W
Measured Idle Power7.4 W6.6 W
Operating Shock (2 ms, read)70 g65 g
Warranty5 years5 years

Test Setup

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 WD1200JB
120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Mass Storage Controller(s)Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Promise SATA 300TX4
Promise FastTrak TX4310
Driver 2.06.1.310
NetworkingBroadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NICv
Graphics SubsystemOn-Board Graphics
ATI RageXL, 8 MB
Benchmarks
Performance Measurementsc’t h2benchw 3.6
PCMark05 V1.01
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2003.05.10
Fileserver-Benchmark
Webserver-Benchmark
Database-Benchmark
Workstation-Benchmark
System Software & Drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition,
Service Pack 1
Platform DriverIntel Chipset Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025
Graphics DriverDefault Windows Graphics Driver