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Performance in WinBench

Here comes the old-timer of our reviews, Ziff Davis WinBench 99. Click here for extensive WinBench 99 Table.

As you know from our previous articles, WinBench 99 quite honestly reflects the specifics of a hard disk drive’s firmware, if you take into account the strong dependence of this benchmark on the disk capacity. Thus, in order to make a correct analysis, we need examine each of the Disk Winmarks tests independently to get quite a truthful representation of the qualities of modern hard disk drives.

As usual, the Business Winmark subtest favors devices with 8 megabytes of cache memory – such drives have a bonus of about 27 percent to their results. Otherwise, it’s all quite natural, save for the surprising victory the Deskstar 120GXP achieved in the race with its much younger analogs. Having nominally the same-size buffer (recalling the low-level tests, this is not exactly so), but a much higher data density, the 7K250 manages to lose. We don’t have a ready explanation to this outcome.

Advanced Visualization Studio already shows the above-mentioned dependence of the results on the capacity of the disk. This dependence is less clear in FAT32 than in NTFS. Interestingly, the 7K250 of 120GB capacity once again couldn’t outperform its ancestor, while the Deskstar 180GXP successfully resists the pressure of the younger generation. It seems like Hitachi didn’t change anything in the firmware algorithms, but we already know for certain that it’s not so. Well, at least, they didn’t spoil anything :).

As usual, FrontPage produces the most contradicting results. The dependence on the buffer size seems clear, but the Deskstar 120GXP wins. The relation between the capacity of the disk and the read/write speed seems clear, but there’s no orderly law. This is really a very strange test.

 
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