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1TB Evolves: New Drives, More Speed

Test Setup and Transfer Diagrams

System Hardware
Processor2 x 3.6 GHz Xeon (Nocona)
MotherboardASUS NCL-DS, BIOS 1005
Memory2 x 512 MB DDR2-400 Corsair CM72DD512AR-400
GraphicsOnboard ATI RageXL, 8 MB
System Hard DriveWD Caviar WD1200JB, 120 GB
RAID ControllerPromise SATA 300TX4
Adaptec 48300 single drive SAS
DVDGigabyte GO-D1600C
Software
GraphicsDefault Windows Graphics Driver
ChipsetIntel Chipset Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025
StorageVersion 8.0.0.1039
OSMicrosoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
Benchmarks
Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.6
PCMark05 V1.01
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2003.05.10
Fileserver-Benchmark
Webserver-Benchmark
Database-Benchmark
Workstation-Benchmark
Streaming Read and Write Benchmarks

Transfer Diagrams

Hitachi maintains a transfer rate of more than 100 MB/s within almost the first 500 GB capacity of the drive.

WD’s Caviar Black provides slightly less throughput, but it scores well when it comes to access time and I/O performance.