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REAL WORLD PERFORMANCE
A Windows 7 image loaded with our test suite was cloned to a 50GB partition
at the beginning of each drive and our entire
test suite was run start to finish 3 times with a reboot and defragmentation
in between runs except for SSDs and the Momentus
XT (defragmentation resets optimizations made to the XT's flash memory).
Average times were collected for comparison.
The Caviar Blue had better loading times than the Deskstar, booting up eight seconds faster and edging it out by 1.6 seconds loading up a level of Call of Duty: World at War. Overall, it also bested the performance of hard drives like the 2TB Caviar Black and Barracuda XT.
Application performance was closer between the two drives, with the Caviar Blue finishing our ExactFile test seven seconds faster, but the Deskstar squeeked past it by four seconds in TrueCrypt. Overall, they were competitive with the Barracuda XT, but a big step behind the fastest WD drives, the Caviar Black and 600GB VelociRaptor.
When copy files to itself, the Hitachi was a beast with large files, but a bit of a dog with small ones. The Caviar Blue was worse overall, painfully slow with large files, and average with small files.
The Hitachi also bested the Caviar Blue in timed installs of PowerDVD and 3DMark06. Though the margins between the 10 drives compared above were small, the Caviar Blue ended up with the poorest result.
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