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Seagate Barracuda XT Review

Date: 2009-11-10

   Final Thoughts and Conclusions We had high hopes for SATA 6Gb/s before we starting benchmarking one of these new platforms, but other than having some nice burst benchmark screen shots we don...

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PCMark Vantage

Seagate Barracuda XT Review

PCMark Vantage is the first objective hardware performance benchmarkfor PCs running 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista.PCMark Vantage is perfectly suited for benchmarking any type ofMicrosoft Windows Vista PC from multimedia home entertainment systemsand laptops to dedicated workstations and hi-end gaming rigs.Regardless of whether the benchmarker is an artist or an ITProfessional, PCMark Vantage shows the user where their system soars orfalls flat, and how to get the most performance possible out of theirhardware. The PCMark Vantage benchmark was run in 64-bit mode for theresults shown below.

SATA II 3.0GB/s Performance:

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SATA III 6.0GB/s Performance:

Seagate Barracuda XT Review

Benchmark Results: Just for fun we ran some WinRAR benchmarks and PCMark Vantage, but couldn't see any real world differences using either of those applications.  The only real spot that the Seagate XT 2TB hard drive impressed us was on the burst benchmarks! The overall PCMark Vantage score with a SATA 3.0 GB/s controller was 5305 PCMarks versus 5297 PCMarks on the SATA 6.0 GB/s controller. As you can see, there is not a significant difference between the two drives in PCMark Vantage's hard drive test suite.

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