|Seagate Barracuda 3TB Hard Drive ST3000DM001|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 01 November 2011|
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PCMark Vantage HDD Tests
PCMark Vantage is an objective hardware performance benchmark tool for PCs running 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7. PCMark Vantage is well suited for benchmarking any type of Microsoft Windows Vista/7 PC: from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops, to dedicated workstations and high-end gaming rigs. Benchmark Reviews has decided to use the HDD Test Suite to demonstrate simulated real-world storage drive performance in this article.
PCMark Vantage runs eight drive tests, each with a specific purpose. Once the benchmarking test were complete, the results are given a PCMark score while the detailed result show actual transaction speeds. Our tests were conducted on an Intel P67 Sandy Bridge motherboard using the onboard SATA 6Gb/s controller with 64-bit Windows 7. Results are displayed in the chart below:
Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB Hard Drive ST33000651AS (Five-Platter)
Seagate Barracuda 3TB Hard Drive ST3000DM001 (Three-Platter)
Each drive has a small advantage depending on the task: the older five-platter Seagate Barracuda XT ST33000651AS did well with importing pictures into Windows Photo Gallery, but the new three-platter Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 excelled at video editing with Windows Movie Maker and Windows Media Center. Overall the new hard drive performed better in most tests, and scored a notably higher PCMark Vantage rating. Based on these results, the new Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 does improve real-world performance by using three 1TB platters instead of five.
In the next section I share my conclusion and final product rating.