Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB Hard Drive

Test System & Sandra 2005

For testing the Barracuda 7200.10 SATA HDD, we used an Athlon 64 3800+ processor on a DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR motherboard. We also used 1GB of low latency Corsair DDR (TWINX1024-3200XL) and a 120GB Maxtor SATA hard drive. The 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 was compared to a 500GB Barracuda 7200.9 and a 500GB Hitach Deskstar 7K500.

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AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Powered

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Hardware Used:
AMD Athlon 64 3800+

nForce4 SLI chipset

Radeon X1800 XL

1024MB Corsair XMS PC3200 RAM

Integrated on board

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10

750GB - 7,200RPM - SATA 3Gb/s

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9
500GB - 7,200RPM - SATA 3Gb/s
Hitach Deskstar 7K500
500GB - 7,200RPM - SATA 3Gb/s

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Relevant Software:
Windows XP Professional SP2
nForce Drivers v6.82
DirectX 9.0c

ATI Catalyst v6.3

Benchmarks Used:
SiSoftware Sandra 2005
Futuremark PCMark05
HD Tach 3.0.1

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA File System benchmark module. This test's method of hard disk performance analysis it what we would consider a "light duty" consumer-level evaluation tool. The folks in IT would have your head for recommending a drive based solely on SANDRA File System test results. However, the benchmark is a popular utility within the performance PC enthusiast community, and it does provide a decent quick glance at high-level throughput characteristics of the total storage subsystem, which of course includes HDD controllers and other associated system components.

Preliminary Benchmarks With SiSoft SANDRA 2005 SR3

While the 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 didn't quite pull out the victory in the Buffered Read test, it did manage a convincing win over both of the other drives in the Sequential and Random Read tests. This is what we like to see because we tend to place more stock in the Sequential and Random Read tests since standard desktop and gaming application file access places moderate to high loads in these areas.

Once again, the 7200.10 flexes its 750GB perpendicular muscles, but this time it wins in all three tests. Again, we feel that the Sequential and Random scores are more meaningful, so it's nice to see such great performance from the new Barracuda.

Most of you are probably familiar with Sandra's Drive Index rating, and this graph basically does a nice job of summarizing what we saw above in the read and write tests. The 750GB 7200.10 drive leads the pack by a respectable margin.

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