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Performance in PCMark Vantage

To make this part of our test session complete, we are going to run the latest version of PCMark called Vantage. Compared with the previous versions, the benchmark has become more up-to-date and advanced in its selection of subtests as well as Windows Vista orientation. Each subtest is run ten times and the results of the ten runs are averaged.

Here is a brief description of each subtest:

  • Windows Defender is when the HDD is under multithreaded load, one thread scanning files for malicious software.
  • Gaming emulates the typical load on the disk subsystem when the user is playing a video game.
  • Photo Gallery emulates loading of images from a photo gallery.
  • Vista Start Up emulates the disk subsystem load when booting up Windows Vista.
  • Movie Maker emulates video editing load.
  • Media Center. This is the load on the hard disk when the user is running Windows Media Center.
  • Media Player emulates the loading of files into Windows Media Player.
  • Application Loading shows the drive’s speed when loading popular applications.

Basing on these subtests, the drive’s overall performance rating is calculated.

The two HDDs from Seagate and the Western Digital RE4-GP show the best performance in this test that emulates multithreaded load. The WD AV-GP, allegedly optimized for multithreaded load, does not show anything exceptional again.

The same three HDDs are going to be appreciated by gamers. The Samsung is a disappointment in this test. It is far too slow.

We see the two leaders of this test session – Western Digital RE4-GP and Seagate Barracuda LP – take top places again when loading images into a photo gallery. The Samsung is a loser again.

It is the 7200rpm model that boots Windows Vista faster than the others. Next go the WD RE4-GP and Seagate LP. The Samsung finds itself in last place again. It looks like processing files is the only thing this HDD is really good at.

There are some changes in the leading trio in the Movie Maker test. The Seagate 7200.11 drops out of it and falls to bottom place while the Western Digital AV-GP is second. Optimized for home video appliances, this HDD seem to like to work with movies.

This test is sensitive to caching, and Seagate’s products are usually superior in it. This time around, Seagate’s HDDs are good, but the Samsung is even better. Its caching algorithms prove to be stronger!

We’ve got our traditional trio of leaders: the two models from Seagate and the server model from Western Digital. The other models, save for the Samsung, are but slightly slower, though.

And we see the same three leaders again in the Application Loading test. Take note that the best of the new-generation HDDs, for all their power efficiency, are once again competitive to the Seagate 7200.11.

The overall scores are interesting enough. The power efficient Seagate LP has the highest score, being barely ahead of the Western Digital RE4-GP. Third place goes to the previous-generation Seagate 7200.11 that has a higher spindle rotation speed than the others. Interestingly, the WD AV-GP is ahead of the three other power-efficient models (the two WD Caviar Green HDDs and the Samsung EcoGreen) which take last places with almost identical scores.

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