RDX QuikStor Hard Drive Solutions Challenge Tape Backup

Test Setup

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System Hardware
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 WD1200JB120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Mass Storage Controller(s)Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)Silicon Image Sil3124, PCI-X
NetworkingBroadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics CardOn-Board GraphicsATI RageXL, 8 MB
System Software & Drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, Service Pack 1
Platform DriverIntel Chipset Installation Utility
Graphics DriverDefault Windows Graphics Driver

Benchmark Results

The results show that the Tandberg Quickstor is about 33% faster than its closest competitor, the Iomega 70 GB REV. Even with compression enabled, the Quickstor still outperforms the 70 GB REV’s uncompressed performance. The higher rotational speed of 5,400 RPM in the RDX drive as opposed to the REV drives’ 4,200 RPM plays a significant role in this differential. The transfer rate of the RDX Quikstor is on par with that of the Fujitsu MHV2120BH we have tested in the past.