Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 Terabyte Hard Drive
To ensure that no part of our test system would be a bottleneck to the disk drives, an Intel X48/ICH9R based motherboard was used along with a Quad Core Q6600 Intel CPU overclocked to 3.6GHZ. Intel's latest "Inf" drivers and all Windows updates were also installed to ensure optimum performance and stability. The full system configuration can be seen below:
While synthetic benchmarks such as HD Tune offer a good insight into the performance of a disk drive, these figures do not always translate directly into real world performance. For this reason we selected to perform several day-to-day operations (such as file transfer and Windows startup) in addition to synthetic benchmarks. The full set of tests can be seen below:
File Read and Write
Dummy file transfer (2GB)
OS & Gaming
Windows Vista Start-up time.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare map load time.
Now that we've got the formalities out of the way, let's check out the results...
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