Legit Storage Reviews
WD Scorpio Black 500GB Notebook Hard Drive Review
|Product:||WD Scorpio Black WD5000BEKT 500GB|
|Date:||Mon, Sep 27, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
PCMark Vantage v1.01 is the first objective hardware performance benchmark for PCs running 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista. PCMark Vantage is perfectly suited for benchmarking any type of Microsoft Windows Vista PC from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops to dedicated workstations and hi-end gaming rigs. Regardless of whether the benchmarker is an artist or an IT Professional, PCMark Vantage shows the user where their system soars or falls flat, and how to get the most performance possible out of their hardware. The PCMark Vantage benchmark was run in 64-bit mode for the results shown below.
Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB:
Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB:
Seagate Momentus XT 500GB:
Benchmark Results: The Seagate Momentus XT 500GB hybrid drive does well in PCMark Vantage, but remember the Seagate drive uses an algorithm to learn that we were often using the application and put it in the NAND
Flash for improved performance. The scores above are from the fifth run
where we scored 7415 in the HDD test suite. . On our first run of PCMark Vantage the Momentus XT scored 4074 in the HDD test suite. We then ran the drive four more times and the scores came in like this - 6909, 7236, 7298 and then peaked at 7415 on the fifth and final run on PCMark Vantage. This is being mentioned as the first time we ran the Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB HDD we were hitting ~4600 on the same benchmark. So the first time you use an application the WD Scorpio Black was actually a bit faster. After you run the benchmark a few times though the Seagate Momentus XT does feel faster and the benchmarks show that. The Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB drive did get its rear end handed to it in this benchmark.
Comparison Chart Results: The Seagate Momentus XT performs very well against traditional platter drives when it comes to things like OS and application loading as the drive can store that data on the 4GB SLC NAND chip. The WD Scorpio Black is no slouch though as was just a tad slower than the VelociRaptor 300GB hard drive and was faster than the Seagate 7200.4 500GB 2.5" notebook hard drive.
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Page 1 - WD Scorpio Black 500GB Laptop HDD
Page 2 - The Test System
Page 3 - HD Tach v18.104.22.168
Page 4 - HD Tune v4.60
Page 5 - HD Tune v4.60 - Random Access
Page 6 - SiSoftware Sandra 2010
Page 7 - CrystalDiskMark v3.0
Page 8 - ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.46
Page 9 - PCMark Vantage
Page 10 - Free Capacity and Final Thoughts