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Performance in PCMark 2005

PCMark05 is an updated version of the previous benchmark. Instead of File Copying, there is now a File Write trace. A new trace called Virus Scan is added. Its name is self-explanatory.

Again, we performed each test ten times and averaged the results.

The leaders of these three tests are the same as in the previous version of the benchmark: two drives from Western Digital.

The leaders do not change in the new Virus Scan test, either. The difference is that the Caviar Green is now third, outperforming both the Seagate and Samsung. That’s the better firmware for you!

The standings change more in the File Write test. The WD Caviar Blue is first while the Caviar Black is third. The Seagate 7200.11 takes second place, delivering a speed of over 100MBps. Perhaps this drive’s firmware conflicted with the somewhat unrealistic load in FC-Test, yet this is still an indication of some imperfectness in firmware.

Combining its Dual Processor feature, 32MB of buffer memory and good firmware, the WD Caviar Black wins one more test. The WD Caviar Blue is second, and the Seagate is third.

 
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