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.

System Hardware
Processors 2x Intel Xeon 3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
Platform Asus NCL-DS, Intel E7520 Chipset, BIOS 1005
RAM Corsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.)
2x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings
System Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB
120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Mass Storage Controller Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Promise SATA 300TX4
Promise FastTrak TX4310
Networking Broadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics Subsystem Integrated ATI RageXL, 8MB
System Software
Performance Measurements c’t h2benchw 3.6
PCMark05 V1.01
I/O Performance IOMeter 2003.05.10
System Software & Drivers
OS Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition,
Service Pack 1
Platform Driver Intel Chipset Installation Utility
Graphics Driver Default 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.

Notebook Dell Latitude D630
Mobile Intel GM965 Express Chipset
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T9500
45 nm ; 2.6 GHz ; 6 MB L2 Cache
RAM Corsair ValueRAM 2x 2048MB DDR2-667
Hard Disk Drives Hitachi HTS722016K9A300
160 GB ; 7,200 RPM ; 16 MB Cache ; SATA 3 Gb/s
Wireless Intel 4965 WLAN (802.11a/g/n)
Screen 14.1" WXGA+ (1400x900)
Graphics Card Intel GMA X3100
Power Supply 9-Cell/85WHr Battery
System Software and Drivers
OS Windows Vista Ultimate 6.0 Build 6000 SP1
DirectX Version 10
Platform Drivers Version
Graphics Drivers igdum32.dll (