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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 runs 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.

We’ve got different leaders in the different tests, but we will just point out the most interesting facts. First, neither the Hitachi nor the Seagate Constellation ES could prove their phenomenal capabilities in the multithreaded Windows Defender test. The Hitachi is also inferior to its opponents when it comes to processing small files, being closely followed by the power-efficient products then.

The overall ratings are not surprising at all. The Seagate Barracuda XT is followed by the four WD Caviar Black drives. The Seagate Barracuda LP wins in the sector of power-efficient products.

 
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