WD VelociRaptor 1TB 10K RPM SATA III Hard Drive

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PCMark 7 Storage Benchmarks

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 a hard drive in an end-user / consumer PC usage model, more so than a purely synthetic transfer test.

Futuremark's PCMark 7 Secondary Storage

The WD Velociraptor 1TB led the pack in PCMark, with its 600GB counterpart trailing closely behind. The Velociraptor lines' relatively low access times and fast transfer speeds both play a role in the drives' leading performance here.

If we tunnel deeper into the PCMark results, we find that the WD Velociraptor 1TB led the pack in every one of the sub-tests. In terms of actual MB/s transferred, the numbers don't seem terribly impressive, but in term's of percentages, the WD Velociraptor 1TB is in roughly 10% - 25% faster than the other drives here, depending on the test.

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