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Three Generations Of 1.8" Hard Drives Benchmarked

Test Setup And Comparison Table

System Hardware
HardwareDetails
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (45nm, 2.66 GHz, 8MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard (Socket 1366)Supermicro X8SAX Revision: 1.0; Chipset: Intel X58 + ICH10R; BIOS: 1.0B
RAM3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
HDDSeagate NL35, 400GB; ST3400832NS; 7,200 RPM, SATA/150, 8 MB Cache
Power SupplyOCZ EliteXstream 800W; OCZ800EXS-EU
Benchmarks
Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.12PCMark Vantage 1.0
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2006.07.27Fileserver-BenchmarkWebserver-BenchmarkDatabase-BenchmarkWorkstation-BenchmarkStreaming ReadsStreaming Writes
System Software & Drivers
DriverDetails
Operating SystemWindows Vista Ultimate SP1
Intel Chipset DriversChipset Installation Utility 9.1.0.1007
AMD GraphicsRadeon 8.12
Intel Matrix Storage8.7.0.1007

Drive Comparison Table

ManufacturerToshibaToshibaToshiba
ModelMKxx17GSGMKxx29GSGMKxx33GSG
MK1617GSGMK2529GSGMK3233GSG
Form Factor1.8"1.8"1.8"
Capacity160GB250GB320GB
Spindle Speed5,400 RPM5,400 RPM5,400 RPM
Other Capacities80GB120, 160GB160, 250GB
Platters222
Cache8MB8MB16MB
NCQyesyesyes
InterfaceMicro-SATA/150Micro-SATA/300Micro-SATA/300
Weight62 g62 g62 g
Operating Temperature5-55°C5-55°C5-65°C
Specified Idle Power0.45W0.4W0.4W
Measured Idle Power0.5W0.5W0.5W
Operating Shock (2 ms, read)500G500G500G