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Test Bed:

  • Athlon Tbird 1.4 GHz
  • Iwill KK266R+ (Via KT133a Chipset)
  • 512 Megs pc166 Cas 2 (2 x 256)
  • Via 4-in-1 4.37
  • Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 2

  I will be comparing the Samsung drive to my Maxtor 54098H8 which is also a 40 gig, ata100, 7200 RPM hard drive, although a bit older, I expect the hard drives to bench about the same.

SiSoft Sandra:


Samsung

  Well, I wasn't expecting this.  At least according to Maxtor's website my hard drive is an ata100 hard drive, but it sure doesn't look like it according to SiSoft.  I think its time to place a "friendly" call to Maxtor and see what's up.

WinBench 99:

Benchmark

Samsung

Maxtor

Business Disk WinMark 99 (Thousand Bytes/Sec)

5230

4650

Disk Playback/Bus:Overall (Thousand Bytes/Sec)

5230

4650

Disk Playback/HE:AVS/Express 3.4 (Thousand Bytes/Sec)

14400

13200

Disk Playback/HE:FrontPage 98 (Thousand Bytes/Sec)

86700

113000

Disk Playback/HE:MicroStation SE (Thousand Bytes/Sec)

25100

21400

Disk Playback/HE:Overall (Thousand Bytes/Sec)

13800

16200

WinBench 99/Disk Playback/HE:Photoshop 4.0 (Thousand Bytes/Sec)

9440

7950

Disk Playback/HE:Premiere 4.2 (Thousand Bytes/Sec)

9240

15500

Disk Playback/HE:Sound Forge 4.0 (Thousand Bytes/Sec)

12500

19500

Disk Playback/HE:Visual C++ 5.0 (Thousand Bytes/Sec)

10700

16700

High-End Disk WinMark 99 (Thousand Bytes/Sec)

13800

16200

  Interesting, the Samsung scores higher in the Business Disk Win Mark, but the Maxtor scores higher in the High-end Disk Winmark.  The Maxtor also pulls off some pretty respectable numbers, at least for something that Sisoft says is operating at ATA66 speeds.

HD Tach:


Samsung


Maxtor

  This confirms what Sandra said.  The Samsung is indeed a faster drive than the Maxtor, but uses more CPU while reading from the hard drive.  The Samsung generated a smoother line with less dips in speed than the Maxtor.  I repeated this test 3 times with the same results.

Operating Temperature:
    For this test I used my trusty RadioShack indoor/outdoor thermometer.  I attached the temp sensor to the underside of the hard drive with sticky tack, and then proceeded to create a load for an hour (by copying over files/folders).


sticky tack, and thermal probe


The Setup - Samsung is on the bottom, Maxtor on top


Thermal Probe with sticky tack

Temperatures (Ambient: 25.8 C)

Samsung Maxtor
30.0 C 31.1 C



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