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Hard Drives, Yesterday And Today: From 500 GB To 1.5 TB

Comparison Table And Test Setup

ModelSpinpoint T166Ecogreen F1Ecogreen F2
Model NumberHD501LJHD103UIHD153UI
Form Factor3.5"3.5"3.5"
Capacity500 GB1,000 GB1,500 GB
Spindle Speed7,200 RPM5,400 RPM5,400 RPM
Other Capacities80, 160, 320 GB250, 320, 500, 640, 750 GB250, 320, 500, 640, 750, 1,000 GB
Cache16 MB32 MB32 MB
Operating Temperature0-60°C0-60°C0-60°C
Specified Idle Power8.2 W5.0 W5.1 W
Measured Idle Power6.4 W4.3 W3.8 W
Operating Shock ( 2 ms, Read)63 g70 g70 g
Warranty3 Years3 Years3 Years

System Hardware

CPUIntel Core i7-920 (45 nm, 2.66 GHz, 8MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard (Socket 1366)Supermicro X8SAX
 Revision: 1.0
Chipset: Intel X58 + ICH10R
BIOS: 1.0B
RAM3 GB DDR3-1333 Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
System HDDSeagate NL35 400 GB 
 7,200 RPM, SATA150, 8 MB
Test HDDsSamsung Spinpoint T166 HD501LJ, 500 GB
 Samsung Ecogreen F1, HD103UI, 1,000 GB 
Samsung EcoGreen F2, HD153UI, 1,500 GB
Power SupplyOCZ EliteXstream 800W 
Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.12PCMark Vantage 1.0
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2006.07.27Fileserver-BenchmarkWebserver-BenchmarkDatabase-BenchmarkWorkstation-BenchmarkStreaming ReadsStreaming Writes
System Software And Drivers
Operating SystemWindows Vista Ultimate SP1
Intel Chipset DriversChipset Installation Utility
AMD GraphicsATI Radeon 8.12
Intel Matrix Storage8.7.0.1007