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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.

We won’t analyze the results because they are generally the same as in the previous version of PCMark. The newer version is more favorable to the Hitachi 7K1000.C, yet this HDD is anyway inferior to the leading pair of WD’s Caviar Black drives as well as to both 7200RPM drives from Samsung, including the old F1.

The EcoGreen F2 is surprisingly good. It is somewhat better than WD’s power-efficient models under Windows Vista. Take note that the P8 version is the best power-efficient drive from WD here. Its small and high-density platters are very good even at a reduced rotation speed. We can’t find any fault with the WD10EARS when it is aligned.

 
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