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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.

There are a lot of subtests here but the standings do not change much. The resulting scores correctly reflect the HDDs’ highs and lows. Western Digital’s 7200rpm products are ahead, the server-oriented RE4 being somewhat faster than its desktop counterpart under some loads. Third place goes to the Seagate Barracuda XT which is again faster on the ICH7 than on the Marvell 9123. The Hitachi 7K2000 fits in between the rest of the newer products and the models with lower spindle speed: its lower recording density shows up after all.

 
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