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PCMark05

Futuremark developers replaced the copying test with two new tests (scanning files and writing files) in the fifth version of the suite. The other tests remained the same (the traces are different, though).

There is a new trace but old leaders. The HDDs from Hitachi and Samsung are struggling for top place.

The Application Loading test is Hitachi’s home turf. Hitachi’s drives have never lost this test as far as I remember.

The Virus Scan test is highly sensitive to the controller’s bandwidth. It means this test benchmarks the HDD’s cache, which is not quite right.

The test of writing files is sensitive to the controller’s bandwidth, too. It is won by the Samsung. As you could already see in today’s tests, this HDD prefers to have no bandwidth limitations.

Hitachi wins the General Usage test. The leader is followed by the Samsung drive tested on the new and old testbeds.

It is the first time that we use PCMark Vantage, the newest version of the benchmarking suite, for testing desktop HDDs, so I guess you should learn a little about it. The main and awful feature of PCMark Vantage is that it runs under Windows Vista only. Microsoft is rejoicing, and Futuremark is rejoicing because of Microsoft’s rejoicing, but I had to do some more preparatory work for tests under Vista.

On the other hand, the disk subtests have become much more variegated. There are no synthetic tasks like writing files. Instead, there are traces of real applications:

  • Windows Defender
  • Gaming performance
  • Importing images in Windows Photo Gallery
  • Booting up Windows Vista
  • Editing video in Windows Movie Maker
  • Windows Media Center
  • Adding music into Windows Media Player
  • Loading applications
 
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