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Performance in PCMark Vantage

To make this part of our test session complete, we are going to run the latest version of PCMark called Vantage. Compared with the previous versions, the benchmark has become more up-to-date and advanced in its selection of subtests as well as Windows Vista orientation. Each subtest is run ten times and the results of the ten runs are averaged.

Here is a brief description of each subtest:

  • Windows Defender is when the HDD is under multithreaded load, one thread scanning files for malicious software.
  • Gaming emulates the typical load on the disk subsystem when the user is playing a video game.
  • Photo Gallery emulates loading of images from a photo gallery.
  • Vista Start Up emulates the disk subsystem load when booting up Windows Vista.
  • Movie Maker emulates video editing load.
  • Media Center. This is the load on the hard disk when the user is running Windows Media Center.
  • Media Player emulates the loading of files into Windows Media Player.
  • Application Loading shows the drive’s speed when loading popular applications.

Basing on these subtests, the drive’s overall performance rating is calculated.

Fujitsu is in the lead, again. They are contesting with the Hitachi 15K450 under this load. Take note of the last-but-one place of the Seagate NS.2. This is one more test this drive dislikes.

There are on changes under the gaming load: Fujitsu’s HDDs seem to be set on claiming the title of best home-oriented disks.

Photographers are going to be delighted at Fujitsu’s HDDs! Will any other drive offer some competition?

Well, Seagate’s two latest series mix up with Fujitsu’s HDDs in the top of the diagram when booting Windows Vista.

Fujitsu does not want to give up its top positions but the Seagate 15K.7 and the Maxtor have pushed them down a couple of places in the Movie Maker test.

Here is one more test that depends heavily on how efficiently the HDD’s firmware can use cache memory. Funnily enough, this is one of the few tests where 15,000rpm SAS drives are inferior to their desktop counterparts. Anyway, it is Seagate’s HDDs of the latest generations that take the podium here.

The leaders do not differ much from the others here. Still, we can name them: Seagate 15K.7, 300GB Fujitsu MBA3 RC and Maxtor.

There are no changes in the Application Loading test: the Maxtor is first, followed by Fujitsu’s drives.

These results might have been expected. Fujitsu’s MBA3 RC series drives have two positions on the podium, leaving third place to the Seagate 15K.7. Take note that the Maxtor is not among the leaders anymore and the Seagate NS.2 cannot compete with the 15,000rpm products.

 
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