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Performance in PCMark 2004

PCMark04 benchmarks drives in four different modes: Windows XP Startup is the typical disk subsystem load at system startup; Application Loading is the disk activity at sequential starting-up and closing of six popular applications; File Copying measures the HDD performance when copying a set of files; the General Usage parameter reflects the disk activity in a number of popular applications. These four parameters are used to calculate the overall performance rating.

We ran each test ten times and averaged the results.

Western Digital’s sweet pair takes the two top places in the Windows XP loading test. Well, this is no wonder after the results of the synthetic benchmarks. The Caviar Blue is somewhat ahead of its partner.

We’ve got the same leaders at loading applications. They have increased the gap from the pursuers and differ more from each other.

Copying files produces the same results as the FC-Test, the Caviar Green being considerably faster than the Seagate 7200.11. So, this is not just a peculiarity of one specific benchmark.

There are no changes among the leaders in the General Usage test. The pair of Western Digital drives is going to pass this test in the same positions.

It is quite logical that the WD Caviar Black has first place. The Caviar Blue is second and quite far behind the leader. The Samsung is third. The Seagate has a very low result. Being much slower than the leaders, it is about as slow as the WD Caviar Green that has last place.

 
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