Next-Gen 7,200 RPM Notebook Hard Drives

Test Setups

Low-Level Benchmarks Test Setup : The Storage Reference System

We used our standard storage test system for all low-level performance benchmarks. This system has not been changed for more than three years, permitting perfect comparison among more than a hundred hard drives. We recommend looking at our 3.5” Hard Drive Charts and our 2.5” Notebook HDD Charts for performance comparisons of current and older hard drives.

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System Hardware
Processors2x Intel Xeon 3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
PlatformAsus NCL-DS, 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, 8MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Mass Storage ControllerIntel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Promise SATA 300TX4
Promise FastTrak TX4310
NetworkingBroadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics SubsystemIntegrated ATI RageXL, 8MB
System Software
Performance Measurementsc’t h2benchw 3.6
PCMark05 V1.01
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2003.05.10
System Software & Drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition,
Service Pack 1
Platform DriverIntel Chipset Installation Utility
Graphics DriverDefault Windows Graphics Driver

Notebook Platform for Efficiency Testing : Dell Latitude D630

In addition to our mandatory testing, we added performance per watt testing using a Dell Latitude D630 notebook, and developed three benchmarks. The first runs workstation-type I/O operations using the IOmeter benchmark. The second is also based on IOMeter, but goes straight for streaming read performance, which results in the drives operating close to their maximum sequential throughput. For both benchmarks we’ll be providing the performance results, the average power consumption, and the performance per watt ratio. The third test looks at average hard drive power consumption required for delivering a small sequential data stream. To do this, we play a DVD .vob file off the test hard drives.

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NotebookDell Latitude D630
Mobile Intel GM965 Express Chipset
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo T9500
45 nm ; 2.6 GHz ; 6 MB L2 Cache
RAMCorsair ValueRAM 2x 2048MB DDR2-667
Hard Disk DrivesHitachi HTS722016K9A300
160 GB ; 7,200 RPM ; 16 MB Cache ; SATA 3 Gb/s
WirelessIntel 4965 WLAN (802.11a/g/n)
Screen14.1" WXGA+ (1400x900)
Graphics CardIntel GMA X3100
Power Supply9-Cell/85WHr Battery
System Software and Drivers
OSWindows Vista Ultimate 6.0 Build 6000 SP1
DirectX Version10
Platform DriversVersion
Graphics Driversigdum32.dll (