Performance in PCMark
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.
Hitachi drives used to dominate this test for a long time, but now the Hitachi is only second to the Samsung. The last drive in the top three is the server-oriented RE2 from Western Digital.
Well, the Hitachi regains its leadership in Application Loading. Take note that we’ve got the same top three as in the previous test. Interestingly, the WD Caviar Blue, the desktop mate of the WD RE2 which is third, is only second to last and has a much lower speed.
The standings in this subtest are the same as in FC-Test: the Samsung is first while the new drives from Seagate are slow, taking last place. It seems like something important is missing in their firmware: Seagate’s drives used to be strong in copying tests.
The Hitachi is in the lead again, followed by the Samsung. This time the Seagate 7200.11 and ES.2 drives pushed the Western Digital RE2 from third to fifth position.
The Samsung has the highest overall score whereas the Hitachi is only second. Take note that both drives from Western Digital’s RE2-GP series are quite competitive to most of their opponents that have a higher spindle rotation speed.