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Testbed and Methods

The following testing utilities were used:

  • WinBench 99 2.0
  • IOMeter 2003.02.15
  • FC-Test 1.0
  • PCMark 2004
  • PCMark 2005
  • PCMark Vantage
  • Raxco Perfect Disk 8.0
  • WinRAR 3.60

Testbed configuration:

  • ASUS P5WDG2 WS Pro mainboard
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E2160 processor
  • IBM DTLA-307015 system disk, 15GB
  • Radeon X600 graphics card
  • 1GB DDR2-800 SDRAM
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 (and Windows Vista for PCMark Vantage)

We formatted the drives in FAT32 and NTFS as one partition with the default cluster size. For some tests 32GB partitions were created on the drives and formatted in FAT32 and NTFS with the default cluster size, too. The drives were connected to an LSI SAS3041E-R controller.

It was not easy to choose the controller, by the way, as we could only use a simple controller without cache memory to compare the pure performance of the HDDs with little influence on the controller’s part.

We chose the LSI SAS3041E-R because it delivered maximum bandwidth and had almost no effect on the performance of the HDDs. However, SAS drives perform very slowly when writing in FC Test on this controller. We should account for that.

There are too many results, so we build three diagrams for each test: one for 73GB drives, one for 146GB models and one for the rest of the drives.

 
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