Test System and HD Tach results
|Intel Core 2 Duo 45nm E8400 3.0gHz
Asus P5Q-E LGA 775 P45
8 GB Corsair Dominator PC2 8500
ASUS EAH3450 512M Radeon
Antec TPQ-850 850W 80 plus Bronze
KINGWIN KF-1000 Hot Swap Rack
Antec Nine Hundred
Windows XP 64-Bit SP2
|Drives Tested |
Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB WD20EADS
Hitachi Deskstar 1TB HDS721010KLA330
Seagate 1TB 7200.11 ST31000333AS
Seagate 500GB 7200.10 ST3500630AS
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB
HD Tach 18.104.22.168, HD Tune 2.55,
Si-Soft Sandra 2009 SP2, ATTO 2.02
While testing the drives we used a KINGWIN KF-1000-BK 3.5" Internal hot swap rack attached to one of the six ASUS P5Q-E onboard 3Gb/s SATA II ports. A hot swap utility was used that allowed us to spin down each drive and swap it out without rebooting.
We began our testing with Simpli Software's HD Tach, which is described on the company's web site as such: "HD Tach is a low level hardware benchmark for random access read/write storage devices such as hard drives, removable drives (ZIP/JAZZ), flash devices, and RAID arrays. HD Tach uses custom device drivers and other low level Windows interfaces to bypass as many layers of software as possible and get as close to the physical performance of the device possible."
The Western Digital Green Power 2 TB delivers impressive results in HD Tach. The read/write, random access, and burst speeds are all great for a consumer hard drive, especially one that employs "Green Technology". It even turns in the best write results among all the drives except for the high performance WD Velociraptor.