PCMark 7 Testing
We really like PCMark 7's Secondary Storage benchmark module for its pseudo real-world application measurement approach to testing. PCMark 7 offers a trace-based measurement of system response times under various scripted workloads of traditional client / desktop system operation. From simple application start-up performance, to data streaming from a drive in a game engine, and video editing with Windows Movie Maker, we feel more comfortable that these tests reasonably illustrate the performance profile of hard drives in an end-user / consumer PC usage model, moreso than a purely synthetic transfer test.
Real World System Performance PP
We've seen the Hitachi Deskstar and Seagate Barracuda XT trade places at the top spot of our performance graphs, but here we find the Deskstar leading the way with an overall score of 2317 in PCMark 7. The Barracuda XT is not far behind at 2257 PCMarks.