Performance in WinBench 99
First, you can have a look at the data-transfer diagrams of the drives:
The data-transfer speeds at the beginning and end of the logical disk are listed in the following diagram, sorted by the speed at the beginning.
You can’t expect HDDs built on almost identical platters (with the same rotation speed and areal density) to be too different, yet the drives are not absolutely identical. The WD1600BEVS is a leader of this test, having maximum results both at the beginning and the end of the disk. The Seagate is the slowest one at the beginning.
The next diagram shows the results of WinBench 99 tests on a 32GB partition sorted by the High-End Disk Winmark results. FAT32 comes first.
Detailed WinBench 99 results are available in tables below (click to enlarge):
You can see the practical consequences of the “oddities” about the Samsung drive you could observe in IOMeter – this drive is unrivalled here. The second and third places go to the drives from Western Digital and Fujitsu while the other three are far behind the leaders. There are the same three losers in the Business Disk Winmark test while the WD1600BEVS and HM160JI change their places.
The Samsung is in the lead in NTFS, too. The HDD from Western Digital has changed places with the Fujitsu and now occupies second place in High-End Disk Winmark and third place in Business Disk Winmark. Note the improved performance of the Seagate – it is only second to the leader in Business Disk Winmark.