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3.5” Enterprise Hard Drive Development Analyzed

Test Setup And Comparison Table

System Hardware
HardwareDetails
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (45nm, 2.66 GHz, 8MB L3 Cache)
Motherboard (Sockel 1366)Supermicro X8SAX Revision: 1.1, Chipset: Intel X58 + ICH10R, BIOS: 1.0B
RAM3GB DDR3-1333 Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
HDDSeagate NL35 400GBST3400832NS 7,200 RPM, SATA 1.5 Gb/s, 8MB Cache
Power SupplyOCZ EliteXstream 800W OCZ800EXS-EU
Benchmarks
Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.12PCMark Vantage 1.0
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2006.07.27Fileserver-BenchmarkWebserver-BenchmarkDatabase-BenchmarkWorkstation-BenchmarkStreaming ReadsStreaming Writes
System Software & Drivers
DriverDetails
Operating SystemWindows Vista Ultimate SP1
Intel ChipsetChipset Installation Utility 9.1.0.1007
AMD GraphicsRadeon 8.12
Intel Matrix Storage8.7.0.1007

Comparison Table

ManufacturerHitachiHitachiHitachiHitachi
ModelUltrastar 15K147Ultrastar 15K300Ultrastar 15K450Ultrastar 15K600
Model NumberHUS151414VLS300HUS153030VLS300HUS154545VLS300HUS156060VLS600
Form Factor3.5"3.5"3.5"3.5"
Capacity147GB300GB450GB600GB
Spindle Speed15,000 RPM15,000 RPM15,000 RPM15,000 RPM
Platters5444
Cache16MB16MB16MB64MB
NCQYesYesYesYes
Surface Temperature55606458
InterfaceSAS 3 Gb/sSAS 3 Gb/sSAS 3 Gb/sSAS 6 Gb/s
Operating Temperature5-55°C5-55°C5-55°C5-55°C
Specified Idle Power12W13.6W12.5W10.7W
Measured Idle Power11.5W14.5W13.4W14.5W
Operating Shock (2 ms, read)15 G30 G30 G30 G