Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA 6G HD Review

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Test System and IOMeter

Our Test MethodologiesUnder each test condition, the drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a different hard disk used for the OS and benchmark installations.  The drives were left blank without partitions wherever possible, unless a test required them to be partitioned and formatted, as was the case with our ATTO and Vantage benchmark tests. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 Powered

Processor -

Motherboard -


Video Card -

Memory -


Audio -

Hard Drives -

 

Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7 870


Asus P7P55D-Premium
(P55 Express Chipset)


GeForce GTX 280

6144MB Corsair DDR3-1333
CAS 7


Integrated on board

Seagate Barracuda XT
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11
WD RE4

Operating System -
Chipset Drivers -
DirectX -

Video Drivers
-


Relevant Software:
Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel 9.1.0.1012
DirectX 10

NVIDIA ForceWare v182.50

Benchmarks Used:
HD Tach 3.0.1.0
ATTO ver 2.02
CrystalDiskMark
PCMark Vantage
SiSoftware Sandra 2009 SP4a

 IOMeter
 I/O Subsystem Measurement Tool

In the following tables, we're showing two sets of access patterns; one with an 8K transfer size, 80% reads (20% writes) and 80% random (20% sequential) access and one with IOMeter's default access pattern of 2K transfers, 67% reads and 100% random access.

The Western Digital RE4 drive finished well ahead of the Seagate Barracuda XT in our IOMeter tests, regardless of whether or not it was connected to a SATA 6G controller. In fact, the Barracuda 7200.11 was also a bit faster than the XT overall in this test.


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