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 are the same as in the previous version of the benchmark but the Hitachi doesn’t lose its first place now.
The leading trio remains the same in the Application Loading subtest. The Hitachi is in the lead while the Western Digital RE2 is ahead of the Samsung, even though by a small margin.
There is nothing new in this subtest, too. The standings are exactly like in the previous version of PCMark.
Here is the new load. The high speeds indicate that this subtest checks the drive’s caching ability. The Samsung copes best with this load. Most of the other drives go close to each other. The WD7501AYPS makes use of its superb firmware to be just as fast as most of its opponents. The Western Digital RE2 finds itself among the losers for some reason.
This is another new load. The Samsung is in the lead again. The other places of the podium go to the new-generation drives from Seagate – the subtest seems to emulate the writing of rather large files. The Hitachi and WD Caviar Blue turn in good performances, too.
The overall result is logical: the Samsung and Hitachi take first places, enjoying a considerable lead over the others. Third place goes to the Seagate ES.2 that outperformed its desktop mate from the 7200.11 series.