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Performance in Intel IOMeter WorkStation Pattern

I am pretty excited to begin the discussion of WorkStation pattern results. First, we are going to see for the first time how the work within a “limited disk space” is going to affect the current ratings of the drives. You should remember that I decided to test the drives within the first 32GB of their disk space this time. Because we are primarily interested in the HDD performance in the beginning. This is where we usually have the OS, the paging file and a number of other frequently used files.

Second, the HDDs performed in such an interesting way in DataBase pattern that I turned out unable to make any forecasts at all (this is the first time that happens to me, honestly).

So, what is typical of this pattern? Of course, it is the high share of writes, which should, which is supposed to help WD drives do better, but… we shouldn’t disregard the brilliant performance of Hitachi solution. Anyway, I am not going to keep these exciting results top secret any longer. Here you are:

The results of our testing participants in the regular WorkStation pattern are simply amazing! The leader is the Hitachi drive! Actually, I expected WD solutions to be indisputable leaders with such a high share of write requests, which we have just seen in DataBase pattern.

However, WD drives manage to compete with Hitachi only under really heavy workload (for this pattern, of course).

Maxtor drives with different interfaces again appeared very diverse. Moreover, the SATA hard disk drive from Maxtor turned out the slowest of all, while the Parallel ATA drive proved to be pretty competitive.

Although the graph above indicates that Hitachi is not that far ahead of the rivals, really.

The rating shows that it again outpaced WD drive by just a few percents. By the way, the Parallel ATA drive from Maxtor appeared the third, having got just in between the WD pair.

And as for the tests in the first 32GB of storage space, they are more than exciting.

Look at the gap between the Hitachi drive and the rivals! This is an excellent job! But what determined this victory: great lazy write algorithms or smart command queuing?

Since the heads moving distance has become considerably smaller, the Hitachi drive appeared not the only one to benefit from that: both WD solutions also defeated the Maxtor HDDs completely.

This is what the situation looks like during the tests on the first 32GB of storage space. Hitachi hard disk drive is far ahead of the competitors here, while both Western Digital solutions and the Parallel ATA Maxtor HDD run neck and neck.

 
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