Performance in WinBench99
Now let’s pass over to less synthetic benchmarks, namely to WinBench99 package. This test has been serving perfectly for HDD performance evaluation in desktop applications. Of course, the file sizes as well as the applications themselves have changed a lot through the past few years, but this ids the only test of the kind available today, so we can’t just give it up.
Ok, let’s not dwell on the table for long and go directly to performance comparison in two integral tests: Business Disk WinMark and High-End Disk WinMark:
Well, there is not much to talk about, to tell the truth… As we have expected, the first two prizes were won by RAID 0 arrays of three and four HDDs respectively. The third prize was split between RAID 01 array, which proved faster with enabled WT-caching, and RAID 0 array of two drives, which performed more efficiently with enabled WB-caching. We should also mention the competition between RAID 1 array and a single HDD: during WT-caching a single drive is faster than the RAID 1 array, and as soon as we shift to WB-caching the latter takes the leader.
If you remember, we have already seen something similar when we talked about the DataBase pattern in Intel IOMeter. See the corresponding paragraphs above.