Page 1:250 GB At 5,400 RPM Or 160 GB At 7,200 RPM?
Page 2:Fujitsu MHW2160BJ: 160 GB, 7,200 RPM
Page 3:Samsung Spinpoint M5S (HM250JI): 250 GB, 5,400 RPM
Page 4:Incorrect Firmware Can Stop The Show
Page 5:What Comes Next?
Page 6:Benchmark Results
Page 7:Data Transfer Diagrams
Page 8:Read Transfer Performance
Page 9:Application Performance
What Comes Next?
We’ve already released our review of the first hybrid hard drive (H-HDD), which was not quite convincing. Sure, it is still early to come to a final conclusion, and Windows Vista might not become really interesting before Service Pack 1 anyway, but enthusiasts are sure to find more and more options in the form of Flash-based hard drives.
We don’t believe that Flash hard drives will replace mechanical drives any time soon, but ultra-mobile users, who do not need a lot of capacity on the road, will certainly be happy to exchange their hard drives for Flash-based products. These are starting to be available at 16 or 32 GB ; it won’t take more than a few months until higher capacity versions become available as well. However, Flash will not be able to compete with high capacity requirements in the area of 200 GB and up, because even as Flash approaches these sizes, mechanical drives will offer even higher capacities rather soon, enabling 320 GB at 5,400 RPM in the notebook space.
|Processor(s)||2x Intel Xeon Processor (Nocona core)
3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
|Platform||Asus NCL-DS (Socket 604)
Intel E7520 Chipset, BIOS 1005
|RAM||Corsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.)
2x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings
|System Hard Drive||Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB
120 GB, 7,200 RPM 8 MB Cache, UltraATA/100
|Mass Storage Controller(s)||Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Promise SATA 300TX4
Promise FastTrak TX4310
|Networking||Broadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC|
|Graphics Card||On-Board Graphics
ATI RageXL, 8 MB
|Performance Measurements||c’t h2benchw 3.6|
|I/O Performance||IOMeter 2003.05.10
|System Software & Drivers|
|OS||Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition,Service Pack 1|
|Platform Driver||Intel Chipset Installation Utility 126.96.36.1995|
|Graphics Driver||Default Windows Graphics Driver|