HDDs, The Next Generation: Drives With 4KB Sectors On The Way

Test Setup And Throughput Diagram

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System Hardware
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (45nm, 2.66 GHz, 8MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard (Sockel 1366)Supermicro X8SAX Revision: 1.1, Chipset: Intel X58 + ICH10R, BIOS: 1.0B
RAM3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
HDDSeagate NL35 400GB ST3400832NS, 7,200 RPM, SATA 1.5 Gb/s, 8MB Cache
Power SupplyOCZ EliteXstream 800W OCZ800EXS-EU
Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.12PCMark Vantage 1.0
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2006.07.27Fileserver-BenchmarkWebserver-BenchmarkDatabase-BenchmarkWorkstation-BenchmarkStreaming ReadsStreaming Writes
System Software & Drivers
Operating SystemWindows Vista Ultimate SP1
Intel ChipsetChipset Installation Utility
AMD GraphicsRadeon 8.12
Intel Matrix Storage8.7.0.1007

The new drive’s throughput looks impressive, considering that it operates at a relaxed 5,400 RPM spindle speed.

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