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The Terabyte Battle

Terabyte HDD Comparison

ManufacturerHitachiSeagateWestern Digital
ModelDeskstar 7K1000Barracuda 7200.11Caviar GP
Model NumberHDS721010KLA330ST31000340ASWD10EACS
Capacity1000 GB1000 GB1000 GB
Spindle Speed7,200 RPM7,200 RPM> 5,400 RPM
Other Capacities750 GB500, 750 GB500, 750 GB
Platters544
Cache32 MB32 MB16 MB
NCQYesyesyes
InterfaceSATA/300SATA/300SATA/300
Warranty3 years5 years3 Years

Test Setup

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)Promise SATA 300TX4ICP 5085BL 8-Port SAS/300
NetworkingBroadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics SubsystemOn-Board GraphicsATI RageXL, 8 MB
System Hardware
Performance Measurementsc’t magazine’s 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 7.0.0.1025
Graphics DriverDefault Windows Graphics Driver