by Rob Williams on May 8, 2006 in Hard Drives
There seems to be a problem that’s constant with computers throughout the years. That problem is not enough storage space to feed our habits. Whether or not you actually need *this* much storage, there’s no denying it’s supremeness.
PC Mark has a very interesting way of benchmarking storage. Instead of using a ‘normal’ Min/Avg/Max scheme, they take various aspects of everyday computer use and turn them into a benchmark. Note that the final PC Mark in the graphs have a decimal, but the real score does not. The decimal was added to allow the other bars to show.
Once again our ‘little’ drive has taken the cake in all areas. It seems that having such a smaller density proves helpful in benchmarks.
SANDRA 2007 was just released the other day, but all of the benchmarks were performed prior to that. From now on, 2007 will likely become the SANDRA standard in all of our benchmarking.
The burst rate on the 500GB drive is very consistent throughout all of our benchmarks today. This is the first benchmark, however, that shows the 500GB beating out the 160GB in every single aspect. Let’s jump straight into our real world testing and our conclusions.