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Performance in WinRAR

Now we are going to show you one more interesting test in which we use WinRAR version 3.8 to compress and then uncompress a 1.13GB folder with 8118 files in 671 subfolders. The files are documents and images in various formats. These operations are done on the tested drive. This test depends heavily on CPU performance, but the storage device affects its speed, too.

The Seagate Barracuda XT is tested only on the ICH7 here. The platform with the Marvell 9123 has such a powerful processor that the HDD’s influence cannot be observed.

We’ve got an interesting picture when creating the archive: The Western Digital RE4 is an indisputable leader, differing dramatically from its Caviar Black cousin. The rest of the HDDs go neck and neck, the models with lower spindle rotation speed being a tiny bit better. That’s a curious outcome.

The HDDs differ more when unpacking the archive because the CPU’s influence is lower. Western Digital’s drives are ahead again, even the Caviar Green outperforming its opponents.

 
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