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Hard-Drive Roundup June 2010


by Stuart Davidson - 20th June 2010
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Hard-Drive Roundup

Test System


Corsair F100 (Firmware 3.0.1 / 0.2)
Corsair V128 (Firmware 1916/ 1.0 )
Crucial RealSSD C300 256Gb (Firmware 0002)
Kingston V Series  30Gb(Firmware AJXA0202)
Kingston V Series 30Gb x2 in Raid 0
OCZ Vertex2 100Gb (Firmware 1.10)
Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB (Firmware CC11)
WD VelociRaptor 300Gb (Firmware 04.04V04)
WD Scorpio Black 320Gb (Firmware 11.01A11)

Zotac GeForce GTX 480
Intel Core i7-980X @3.33GHz
3x 2GB Corsair Dominator 1600MHz 7-7-7-24-2T
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7

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Samsung SyncMaster XL30
BFG EX-1200W PSU
Sony BDU-X10S Blu-Ray drive
D-Link Wireless N Dual Band USB stick
1x 128GB Indilinx based SSD for OS (May 2010 Firmware)
2x WD Raptor Hard Drives (Games on RAID 0 Drives)
Arctic MX-4 Paste
Corsair H50
Razer Megalodon
Razer Deathadder

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Forceware 257.21
SiSoft Sandra 2010 SP2
Crystal DiskMark
Blackmagic Disk Benchmark
IOMeter 2008
Crysis: Warhead

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drives was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 7 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drives were de-fragmented where required. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated) and each drive was Sanitary Erased between tests.

Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.
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