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Performance in PCMark04

We once again resorted to PCMark04 to get a better look on the performance of our today’s hero.With this benchmarking suite we will test the performance of our hard disk drives in five different modes. You can read more about PCMark04 benchmark and its advantages for HDD testing in our article called “PCMark04: Benchmark for Hard Disk Drives? ”.

Windows XP Startup test contains a sequence of requests sent to the HDD on system start-up. Application Loading test shows disk activity when the system opens and closes six popular applications. File Copying test shows the HDD activity when copying a set of files. Hard Disk Drive Usage reports the disk activity during the work with some widely spread applications.

Having run all the tests for a given HDD, PCMark04 generates a certain performance index calculated according to the following formula:

HDD Score = (XP Startup Trace x 120) + (Application Load trace x 180) + (File Copy Trace x 28) + (General Usage x 265)

In our case we ran each test 10 times, calculated the average values and summed them all up in the table and diagrams below.

The first diagram shows that the new Seagate Momentus 5400.3 (ST9160821A) is the third in Windows XP Startup test having let Seagate Momentus 5400.2 (ST9120821A) and Toshiba MK1032GSX ahead.

The situation is somewhat worse when we get to the Application Loading parameter. Unfortunately, our new drive was the very last one here having fallen far behind the rivals.

The results of File Copying are finally a pleasing sight. In this case Seagate Momentus 5400.3 (ST9160821A) is an indisputable winner.

Another parameter we are looking at here is HDD Usage. And again the results are quite disappointing. Although this time Seagate Momentus 5400.3 (ST9160821A) is not the last one: the last but one :)

The summary diagram indicates that Seagate Momentus 5400.3 (ST9160821A) didn’t really prove a powerful and strong solution in this test. Hopefully, the mass production units will be better…

 
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