Performance in WinBench99
The graphs below show the data transfer rates of five most interesting HDD models:
- Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB (Graph )
- Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB (Graph )
- Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB (Graph )
- Fujitsu MHV2100AH (Graph )
- Toshiba MK1032GSX (Graph )
Remember, that here the tests were run on a 32GB partition located in the very beginning of the hard disk drive. Here is the complete results table (click to enlarge).
Now let’s take a look at the performance of the tested hard disk drives in NTFS file system. We will pay special attention to the results obtained in WinMark benchmark, primarily to the results of High-End Disk WinMark:
This diagram proves that Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB (ST910021A) is the winner here. It is followed by the Toshiba HDD, which surely owes its success to the twice as big buffer (16MB against 8MB by other HDDs). The third and fourth positions are split between Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB (ST9120821A) and Fujitsu. Quite far behind them comes the Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB (HTS541010G9AT00).
Now come the results obtained in FAT32 (click to enlarge):
Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB (ST910021A) again wins the laurels. Fujitsu hard drive is just a little bit behind the leader. The third fastest appears Toshiba HDD that managed to outperform Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB (ST9120821A). Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB (HTS541010G9AT00) finished the sixth, having left behind its brother with 7,200rpm spindle rotation speed.
The next diagram shows how fast the HDDs can read data from internal and external cylinders. As we have expected, the maximum data transfer rate belongs to the new Seagate drive – the Momentus 7200.1 100GB (ST910021A). After a significant gap follow the second prize winners – Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB (ST9120821A), Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB (HTS541010G9AT00) and Fujitsu MHV2100AH. The fifth guy, Toshiba HDD, falls quite far behind the leading group, as in this case large buffer seems to be of no significant importance.
The last diagram from the WinBench99 testing suite shows the access times of the testing participants. As we could anticipate, the shortest access time values belong to the hard drives with 7,200rpm spindle rotation speed. The older Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 (HTS726060M9AT00) hard disk drive showed the best result among the 7,200rpm solutions. And Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB (ST9120821A) proved the winner among the 5,400rpm ones. The second best access time in the 5,400rpm batch belongs to Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB (HTS541010G9AT00).