Seagate 750 GB Barracuda Enters The Big League

Technical Data

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ManufacturerMaxtorSeagateWestern Digital
SeriesDiamondMax 11BarracudaWD5000KS
Model6H500F07200.10Caviar SE16
Capacity500750 GB500 GB
Rotation Speed7200 RPM7200 RPM7200 RPM
Other Capacities400 GB500, 400, 320, 300, 250, 200 GB250, 320, 400 GB
Platter3 to 41 to 42 to 4
Cache16 MB16 MB16 MB
Warranty3 years5 years3 years

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 Hardware
Performance Measurementsc’t h2benchw 3.6
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2003.05.10Fileserver-BenchmarkWebserver-BenchmarkDatabase-BenchmarkWorkstation-Benchmark
System Software & Drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, Service Pack 1
Platform DriverIntel Chipset Installation Utility
Graphics DriverDefault Windows Graphics Driver

Benchmark Results

As always, the benchmark charts include lots of hard drives for comparison of the three models under test. However, we have now dropped UltraATA drives, as Serial ATA has become the dominant interface. If you are looking for comprehensive comparison options, please check out our Interactive Hard Drive Charts ; these include all hard drives tested to date, including lower capacity and UltraATA models.