|Seagate Barracuda 3TB Hard Drive ST3000DM001|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 01 November 2011|
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EVEREST Disk Benchmark
Many enthusiasts are familiar with the Lavalys EVEREST benchmark suite (now named AIDA), but very few are aware of the Disk Benchmark tool available inside the program. The EVEREST Disk Benchmark performs linear read and write bandwidth tests on each drive, and can be configured to use file chunk sizes up to 1MB (which speeds up testing and minimizes jitter in the waveform). EVEREST Disk Benchmark does not require a partition to be present for testing, so all of our benchmarks are completed prior to drive formatting. Linear disk benchmarks are superior bandwidth speed tools in my opinion, because they scan from the first physical sector to the last. A side affect of many linear write-performance test tools is that the data is erased as it writes to every sector on the drive.
These high-capacity storage products were tested with EVEREST Disk Benchmark and connected to the Intel SATA 6Gb/s controller to use a 1MB block size option. Because these hard drives offer 3000 gigabytes of data storage capacity, the test run took a very long time to complete. Nevertheless, the waveform performance chart illustrates data speed stability across every platter. Ironically, both tests resulted in identical average and maximum speeds. This test finishes in a draw, with no advantage given to either drive.
Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB Hard Drive ST33000651AS (Five-Platter)
Seagate Barracuda 3TB Hard Drive ST3000DM001 (Three-Platter)
In the next section we use PCMark Vantage to test real-world performance...