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Western Digital WD1200JB With 8 MB Cache: Outperforms SCSI Drives

Configuration: Simple, As Always

Configuring IDE drives takes only a matter of seconds. You only have to specify the drive to run as the master (first drive attached to an IDE channel) or as the slave (second drive). Since only two drives can be installed per channel, there is no other option. Some drives, like the Western Digital models, also have a jumper setting that has to be used for single drive configuration (master without a slave).

Test Setup

Test System
CPUIntel Pentium 4, 2 GHz
MotherboardMSI 845 Ultra, i845
RAM256 MB DDR-SDRAM, CL2,Corsair Microsystems
IDE-Controlleri815 UltraDMA/100 Controller (ICH2 / 82801BA)
Graphics CardnVIDIA GeForce3 Ti200,32 MB DDR
Network Adapter3COM 905TX PCI 100 MBit
Operating SystemWindows 2000 Pro 5.00.2195 SP2 + SRP1
Benchmarks and Measurements
Office Applications BenchmarkZD WinBench 99 - Business Disk Winmark 2.0
Highend Applications BenchmarkZD WinBench 99 - High-End Disk Winmark 2.0
Low Level BenchmarksHD Tach 2.61
Performance TestsHD Tach 2.61
Settings and Drivers
Graphics DriversnVIDIA Detonator 4 (23.11)
IDE DriversIntel Bus Master DMA Driver 6.2
DirectX Version8.1
Screen Resolution1024x768, 16 Bit, 85 Hz Refresh