Eight Portable Hard Drives Compared: USB 2.0 Lives On

Test Setup And Access Time

System Hardware
Processor2 x Intel Xeon Processor (Nocona core) 3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
PlatformAsus NCL-DS (Socket 604); Intel E7520 Chipset, BIOS 1005
RAM
Corsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.) 2 x 512MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings
System Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB; 120GB, 7,200 RPM, 8MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Mass Storage Controllers
Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Promise SATA 300TX4
Promise FastTrak TX4310
Driver 2.06.1.310
Networking
Broadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics SubsystemOn-Board Graphics
ATI RageXL, 8 MB
Performance Measurements

HDTach 3.0.1

c’t h2benchw 3.6
System Software and Drivers
OS
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition,Service Pack 1
Platform DriverIntel Chipset Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025
Graphics DriverDefault Windows Graphics Drive