Presentation of competitors and testing system
These are the 5 brand new, still wrapped in their sealed covers hdd's, kindly supplied by Loveno
. We'll be putting them on the testbench for this roundup:
|Brand & type||Maxtor Diamondmax||Maxtor Diamondmax Plus9||WD Caviar 800BB||WD Caviar 800JB||Seagate Barracuda IV|
|Capacity||80 gb||80 gb||80 gb||80 gb||80 gb|
|formatted capacity||74,5 gb||76,33 gb||74,43 gb||74,53 gb||74,53 gb|
|Intergrated controller||ata5/udma 133||ata5/udma 133||ata5/udma 100||ata5/udma100||ata5/udma 100|
|Buffer size||2 mb||8 mb||2 mb||8 mb||2 mb|
|Average seek time||< 8 ms||9,4 ms||8,9 ms||8,3 ms||9,5 ms|
The system I used to run HD Tach, Sisoft Sandra and file moving tests on, is a PIV 2.26 with 512 mb ram and a well filled Seagate cuda IV, operated by Windows XP professional. I didn't bother doing a clean install on my primairy disk to come as close to real life writing/reading circumstances as possible. This implements that some testresults may be not as good as the manufacturer claims they should be ;)
The first test on the "to do list" was HD tach, this test is to be performed on a non formatted drive meaning the raw performance of the drive comes to the surface.
Next test: Sisoft Sandra 2002 , the results here are to be interpreted with care since these are synthetic benchmarks and therefore not always 100% correct!
Then I timed how long it took before 1 685 mb big file and 1 6419files/455 mb big folder was written from my primary disk to the test disk and afterwards being returned to the primary disk.
Finally, and this is very subjective: how loud are the drives? I don't have a db-meter so I just listened very carefully and quoted the disks on a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being very loud and 10 being almost silent
Ok, so far for all the jib-jab theory, let's take a look at the numbers...