we ran the four drives through a battery of tests in PCMark Vantage
from Futuremark Corp. We specifically used only the HDD Test module of
this benchmark suite to evaluate all of the drives we tested. Feel free
to consult Futuremark's white paper on PCMark Vantage
for an understanding of what each test component entails and how it
calculates its measurements. For specific information on how the HDD
Test module arrives at its performance measurements, we'd encourage you
to read pages 35 and 36 of the white paper.
We really like PCMark Vantage's HDD Performance for its real-world application measurement approach to testing. From simple Windows Vista start-up performance to data streaming from a disk drive in a game engine and video editing with Windows Movie Maker, we feel confident that these tests best illustrate the real performance profile of our hard drives in an end user/consumer PC usage model.
Although it turned in the slowest scores in almost every test, the Caviar Green 3TB was not that far behind. It was almost on par with the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 drive and about 25% behind the Barracuda XT.