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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.
Average times were collected for comparison.
Our loading tests are often decided by fractions of a second, but the 7K3000 edged most of the other compared drives by a full two seconds in Far Cry 2 and had the best boot time for a 7200 RPM model. Discounting the boot time, and it's in the same league as the 600GB WD VelociRaptor.
In application performance the 7K3000 wasn't quite as impressive, falling to the WD Caviar Black 2TB and VelociRaptor in the ExactFile test by a sizable amount but still managing a good overall effort.
When it came to copying files to itself, the 7K3000 was in elite company, being substantially faster than both the VelociRaptor and Caviar Black. It was however significantly slower than the monstrous Seagate Barracuda 3TB.
The 7K3000 finished off our test suite with a superlative result in timed installs of PowerDVD and 3DMark06. The Deskstar edged out all comers to take the top spot.
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