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Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1.0TB SATA Hard Drive Review

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1.0TB SATA Hard Drive Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: WD's Caviar Black series SATA II hard drives feature a faster spindle speed and 32MB of onboard cache. Drive capacities range from 500GB through to 1.0TB, but all the Caviar Black series drives use Perpendicular Magnetic Recording.
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External Mfg. Website: Western Digital Jun 17 2009   Max Page  
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HDD Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage

Futuremark PCMark Vantage 1.0.0.0 - HDD Test Set Source: FutureMark

PCMark Vantage is the first objective hardware performance benchmark for PCs running 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows Vista. PCMark Vantage is perfectly suited for benchmarking any type of Windows Vista PC from multi media home entertainment systems and laptops to dedicated workstations and hi-end gaming rigs. Regardless of whether the benchmarker is an artist or an IT Professional, PCMark Vantage shows the user where their system soars or falls flat, and how to get the most performance possible out of their hardware. PCMark Vantage is easy enough for even the most casual enthusiast to use yet supports in-depth, professional industry grade testing.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark PCMark Vantage 1.0.0.0
Windows Defender: Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 26.354
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 28.172
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 27.351
Gaming: Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 16.143
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 16.307
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 18.406
Importing to Photo Gallery: Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 6.608
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 59.264
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 56.053
Windows Vista Startup: Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 18.958
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 23.566
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 19.115
Editing w/h Movie Maker: Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 43.342
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 51.97
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 40.85
Media Center: Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 91.794
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 137.84
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 81.268
Adding Files to Media Player: Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 10.23
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 10.165
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 9.54
Application Loading: Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 5.271
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 7.408
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 6.871

Looks like the 32MB of onboard cache makes a big difference in the eyes of PCMark Vantage. The Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS hard drive can boost Media Center performance when paired up in RAID 0 quite nicely. The Gaming test seems to prefer the RAID 1 set up though.

1TB of Sweet Sweet Drive Space

The read, write and seek times of the 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS hard drive are quick. The WD1001FLAS is equipped with only a Serial ATA power connector, so if you power supply lacks SATA power connectors you'll need to pick up some SATA adaptors.

Hard drives are the fundamental building blocks of any modern PC and storage requirements show no sign of letting up. If you're building a PC today, a 1TB hard drive is the minimum we'd recommend.

Not because the operating system actually requires that much space, and not because you're likely to install that much software. No, we recommend that much storage space because of media; music, movies, photos and games. With the Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS hard drive PCSTATS has presented three usage scenario's so you can see what kind of performance can be expected from it, alone, in RAID 0 and RAID 1.

Whatever you choose to configure, the Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS is a worthwhile hard drive to consider.

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Contents of Article: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS
 Pg 1.  Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1.0TB SATA Hard Drive Review
 Pg 2.  Prelude to Benchmarks & HD Tune
 Pg 3.  HDD Benchmarks: Sandra 2009, HD Tach
 Pg 4.  — HDD Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage

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