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TravelStar 7K200 and 5K250 Beat the Band

Drive Comparison Table

ManufacturerHitachiHitachi
FamilyTravelstar 7K200Travelstar 5K250
Model NumberHTS722020K9SA00HTS542525K9SA00
Capacity200 GB250 GB
Rotational Speed (RPM)7,200 RPM5,400 RPM
Other Available Capacities80, 100, 120, 160 GB80, 120, 160 GB
Platter22
InterfaceSATA/150SATA/150
Cache16 MB8 MB
NV Cache Size--
NCQYesYes
Warranty3 years3 years

Test Setup

200 GB at 7,200 RPM or 250 GB at 5,400 RPM ? The faster drive is more expensive.

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 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 300TX4Promise FastTrak TX4310Driver 2.06.1.310
NetworkingBroadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics SubsystemOn-Board GraphicsATI RageXL, 8 MB
System Hardware
Performance Measurementc’t h2benchw 3.6
PCMark05V1.01
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