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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: PCMark04, Winbench 99

PCMark04 Source: FutureMark

The latest version of the popular PCMark series, PCMark04 is an application-based benchmark and a premium tool for measuring overall PC performance. It uses portions of real applications instead of including whole applications or using specifically created code. This allows PCMark04 to maintain a smaller installation size while still giving accurate results.

PCMark04 Disk test:

Overall

Points

Ranking

Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (single) 4589
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 0) 5209
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 1) 4545
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (single) 6976
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 0) 7514
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 1) 6750
XP Startup MB/s Ranking
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (single) 8.1
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 0) 8.6
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 1) 8
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (single) 11.9
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 0) 13
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 1) 11.9
Application Loading MB/s Ranking
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (single) 6.8
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 0) 6.4
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 1) 6.8
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (single) 10.5
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 0) 10
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 1) 10
File Copying MB/s Ranking
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (single) 32.9
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 0) 53.3
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 1) 32.4
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (single) 49.9
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 0) 64.1
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 1) 46.2
General Drive Usage MB/s Ranking
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (single) 5.5
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 0) 5.7
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 1) 5.4
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (single) 8.7
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 0) 8.7
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 1) 8.4

The extra speed of the Western Digital WD740 Raptor drives helps them out in the disk test portions of PCmark04. The WD740 is starting to look quite impressive in terms of SATA hard drives.

Winbench 99 Source: Zdnet

WinBench 99 is a subsystem-level benchmark that measures the performance of a PC's graphical, disk, and video subsystems in a Windows environment. WinBench 99's tests can run on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP systems.

Winbench 99
Business Disk WinMark: Points Ranking
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (single) 18000
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 0) 21200
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 1) 17300
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (single) 26700
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 0) 26200
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 1) 25500
High-End Disk WinMark: Points Ranking
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (single) 38000
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 0) 49100
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 1) 37900
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (single) 57700
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 0) 69700
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 1) 59200
Disk Access time (milliseconds) Points Ranking
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (single) 12.9
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 0) 12.9
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 1) 12.9
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (single) 7.67
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 0) 7.84
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 1) 7.73
Average Sustained transfer rate (MB/s) Points Ranking
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (single) 45
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 0) 86.8
Seagate Barracuda ST380013AS (RAID 1) 45
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (single) 62.9
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 0) 126
Western Digital Raptor WD740 (RAID 1) 62.8

Impressive numbers from the Western Digital WD740 drives in this benchmark. The faster disk access times and rotation speed of the Raptors seem to be paying off with much higher benchmark scores. The sustained transfer rates of the WD740s are especially good.

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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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