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Vista: Benchmarking or Benchmarketing?

Hard Drive

We have an invaluable resource for researching and learning about hard drive performance : our Interactive Hard Drive Charts. Here we already created a THG performance index, which is based on all the individual results.

We used four different hard drives to represent several year old 7,200 RPM hard drives, a state-of-the-art 7,200 RPM drive, and Western Digital’s fast Raptor drive at 10,000 RPM. As expected, the Raptor performs best and reaches an WEI of 5.9, while the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750 GB drive reaches 5.7. The two older drives - a Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 and a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 - reach 5.3 and 5.2 index points respectively. Obviously, Microsoft doesn’t take access time into account, or alternately, puts little emphasis on it.

Test Setup

System Hardware
Socket 775 IIntel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Conroe 65 nm, 2.93 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
Socket 775 IIIntel Core 2 Extreme X6700 (Kentsfield 65 nm, 2.66 GHz, 8 MB L2 Cache)
Socket 775 IIIIntel Pentium D 840 (Smithfield 90 nm, 3.2 GHz, 2 MB L2 Cache)
Socket 775 IVIntel Pentium 4 560 (Prescott 90 nm, 3.6 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache)
MotherboardAsus CommandoChipset : Intel P965, BIOS : 0803
Common Hardware
RAM2x 1024 MB DDR2-8000 (CL 4.0-4-4-12)Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 XMS6403v1.1
Graphics Card IHIS X1900XTX IceQ3GPU : ATI Radeon X1900XTX (650 MHz)RAM : 512 MB GDDR3 (1550 MHz)
Graphics Card IIATI Radeon X850XTGPU : ATI Radeon X850XT (520 MHz)RAM : 256 MB GDDR3 (1080 MHz)
Graphics Card IIIATI Radeon X700 ProGPU : ATI Radeon X1900XTX (425 MHz)RAM : 256 MB GDDR3 (865 MHz)
Graphics Card IVZotec GeForce 8800 GTSGPU : GeForce 8800 GTS (500 MHz)RAM : 320 MB GDDR3 (1200 MHz)
Graphics Card VNvidia Geforce 6800GTGPU : NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT (350 MHz)RAM : 256 MB GDDR3 (1000 MHz)
Hard Drive150 GB 10,000 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA/150Western Digital WD1500ADFD
DVD-ROMGigabyte GO-D1600C (16x)
Software
Graphics Driver IATI Catalyst Suite 7.2
Graphics Driver IINvidia ForceWare 97.92
Platform Drivers IntelINF-Treiber 8.1.1.1010
DirectXVersion : 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
OSWindows XP, Build 2600 SP2

We used an Asus Commando motherboard, which is based on the popular P965 chipset by Intel.