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Round-Up: Comparison Testing of 22 Hard Disk Drives

Test Setup

Hardware I
Processor2x Intel Xeon, 3.6 GHz1 MB L2 Cache (Nocona)
MotherboardAsus NCL-DSIntel E7520 ChipsetBIOS 1005
Memory2x 512 MB DDR2-400 Corsair ECC RegisteredCL 3-3-3-10
Controller PATA/USBIntel 82801EB (ICH5)
Controller SCSIAdaptec AIC-7902B Ultra320
Controller SATASilicon Image Sil3124 4xPort SATA Controller
Graphics cardATI RageXL , 8 MB
NetworkBroadcom BMC5721 PCIe Gigabit LAN Controller
OSWindows Server 2003Service Pack 1
Benchmarks & Measurements
Performance measurementsc’t h2benchw 3.6PC Mark 2005 1.0.1
Drivers & Settings
Graphics driverWindows Default Driver
IDE driverIntel INF Drivers 7.0.0.1025
DirectX version9.0c
Resolution1024x768, 32 Bit, 85 Hz
Hardware II
ProcessorIntel Pentium Extreme Edition 840(3.2 GHz, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
MotherboardAbit AW8-MaxIntel 955X ChipsetBIOS 1.3
Memory2x 512 MB - DDR2-667 (333 MHz)Corsair CM2X512A-5400UL (XMS5400 V1.2)(CL3-2-2-8-1T @ 333 MHz)
Controller IDEICH7
Graphics cardAsus Geforce 7800 GTGPU : NVIDIA Geforce 7800 GT (400 MHz)Memory : 256 MB DDR-SDRAM (500 MHz)
Network3Com 905B
OSWindows XP Professional 5.10.2600,Service Pack 2
Benchmarks & Measurements
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2003.05.10Fileserver BenchmarkWebserver BenchmarkDatabase BenchmarkWorkstation BenchmarkThroughput Benchmark
Drivers & Settings
Graphics driverNVIDIA Forceware 77.77
IDE driverIntel Chipset Software Installation Utility 7.2.1.1003
DirectX version9.0c
Resolution1024x768, 32 Bit, 85 Hz

Test Results

Data Transfer Diagrams