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Western Digital Raptor WD740 SATA Hard Drive Review

Western Digital Raptor WD740 SATA Hard Drive Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: These are the first SATA drives we've seen that reach 10,000 RPM, and we're going to be testing them both singly and in a RAID stripe and mirror.
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Filed under: Hard Drives/SSD Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Western Digital Mar 09 2005   Mike Dowler  
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Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Sandra 2005

Winstone 2004 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2004 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PCs overall performance when running top, Windows-based 32-bit content creation applications in Windows XP. Business Winstone 2004 runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete these activities to produce its performance scores.

Business Winstone 2004:

AMD Athlon64 System Results

Points

Ranking

Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (single) 26.1
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 0) 27.7
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 1) 26.9
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (single) 25.7
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 0) 31.1
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 1) 25.4

Content Creation Winstone 2004:

AMD Athlon64 System Results

Points

Ranking

Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (single) 39.3
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 0) 39.8
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 1) 39.4
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (single) 40.1
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 0) 40.1
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 1) 40.1

Surprisingly, the single and mirrored 74GB WD740 Raptor setups are slightly outrun by their Seagate equivalents in our first test, though the striped WD740 Raptor drives rose above everything else. Obviously the Content Creation benchmark does not see any benefit from RAID, but the Business Winstone test benefited noticeably.

SiSoft Sandra 2005 Source:Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system as well as the individual components. The results are also purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

Sisoft Sandra 2005 Storage Benchmark Results
Drives Drive Index: Random Read: Sequential Read: Random Write: Sequential Write: Average Access time:
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (single)

61

49

69

52

68

6ms

Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 0)

91

64

112

82

89

7ms

Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 1)

61

49

69

51

68

6ms

Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (single)

49

39

56

38

56

7ms

Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 0)

75

47

91

53

102

10ms

Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 1)

49

39

56

36

56

8ms

Units:

MB/s MB/s MB/s MB/s MB/s milliseconds

Sandra 2005 saw the single WD740 Raptor and mirrored RAID WD740 Raptor drive array as identical in performance. A significant boost from the RAID 0 configuration here, though interestingly the RAID 0 Seagate drive configuration pulled the highest continuous write score.

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Contents of Article: Western Digital WD740 Raptor
 Pg 1.  Western Digital Raptor WD740 SATA Hard Drive Review
 Pg 2.  Technology and Specs
 Pg 3.  — Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Sandra 2005
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, Winbench 99
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: HDTach
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: IOmeter, Doom 3

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