Seagate XT 2TB SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive Testing

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Test System

Before we look at the numbers, here is a brief glance at the test
system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of
Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit. All benchmarks were completed on the
desktop with no other software programs running. The Intel Core i7 test
system was run in dual-channel memory mode at 1333MHz with 8-8-8-24
memory timings. The ASUS P7P55D-E Premium motherboard was run with BIOS 0106.

A Corsair P64 SSD was the ‘boot drive’ for the test system and the Seagate XT 2TB drive was used as a secondary drive that could be moved between the two SATA headers that would be tested.  Each header was connected to a different controller, so:


  • P55 Chipset (The blue header for SATA-II, 3.0 GB/s performance)
  • Marvell 9123 Driver 1027 (The white header for SATA 6G, 6.0 GB/s performance)
Image Description

Intel LGA 1366 Test Platform



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Core i7 870


ASUS P7P55D-E Premium


4GB Kingston HyperX

Video Card

ATI Radeon HD 5870

Hard Drive

Corsair P64 SSD (boot)


Thermalright MUX

Power Supply

CoolerMaster UPC 1100W

Operating System

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Let’s take a look at the benchmarks and see what the SATA 6GB/s has to offer!

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