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Subject: Performance #'s - 1TB/platter generation
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Lsi Aug 22, 2012 04:56 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Unfortunately these appear to be tuned for low acoustics, not to seek quickly :( Due to this firmware tuning (there is no performance / quiet acoustic mode support) real world seek time here is ~13 ms when you remove the rotational latency.

I suppose this was the response to people complaining about EALX models being too loud while seeking...their seek specs are 3 db lower compared to the older EALX model. Very consistent max latency is nice to see, despite the slow access time.

Topic URL: http://forums.ncix.com/forums/topic.php?id=2544397

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AmtrakQuebec Aug 22, 2012 04:59 PM Reply | Bookmark
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It's like trying to tip-toe through your house... Very slow. I keep waiting for the Seagate one platter drives that were announced half a year ago.

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Lsi Aug 22, 2012 05:05 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Definitely new-gen looking transfer rates, but nice and linear decay unlike the Seagate 7200.14 equivalents.

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Lsi Aug 22, 2012 05:17 PM Reply | Bookmark
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CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 x64 (C) 2007-2010 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
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* MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]

Sequential Read : 190.668 MB/s
Sequential Write : 186.546 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 64.054 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 116.508 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.732 MB/s [ 178.7 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.974 MB/s [ 481.9 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 2.171 MB/s [ 530.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.920 MB/s [ 468.7 IOPS]

Test : 1000 MB [E: 0.0% (0.1/931.5 GB)] (x5)
Date : 2012/08/22 17:08:37
OS : Windows 7 Ultimate Edition SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)

Fantastic CDM results, despite the slow seek tuning. The seek tuning doesn't affect CDM too badly as it's a small sized data set (1GB), but the slow seeks will affect the drive's performance more as it begins to fill with data.

Note that these results are the opposite of 7200.14 Seagates: HDT's transfer rate (which is not tested at a file level, so its results are less valid in the real world) are worse than those in this test of the actual file system. Obviously the results with an actual file system are more indicative of the drive's true performance. Seagates tend to look good on HDT (despite a jagged, lumpy transfer curve), but don't meet those specs on CDM. This is still true with their CC4H firmware update.

Everything looks great on HDT and CDM for potentially using these drives in a workgroup server RAID-1 for a quiet, fast array. As much as I prefer fast aggressive seeks, my clients don't as much when they're in the room with the server ;-)

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Lsi Aug 22, 2012 05:19 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I'm not sure what you mean about the single platter 1TB Seagates, they've been out for a while:

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=65701&vpn=ST1000DM003&manufacture=Seagate

These WD are single platter, but they are not slim like Seagate often does with the single platter drives.

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Lsi Aug 22, 2012 05:28 PM Reply | Bookmark
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PCMark05 HD score was 11,611 which is better than the scores I've got with 7K3000, 7K1000.D, and even 3TB 7200.14's with CC4H firmware which should have an advantage (due to less head movement with 3 platters).

My final test of these will be in a RAID-1 set. As long as you don't need more than 1TB of space, these are a much better drive than the 7200.14's (comparing to the best, updated 7200.14's with CC4H). Older (CC9x firmware) and non-updated 7200.14's have firmware issues which cause misc issues including annoying noises at idle.

Edit: removed incorrect info re: 512 byte sectors vs AF to not confuse those who don't read the entire thread ;-)

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Lsi Aug 22, 2012 06:01 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Interestingly, despite the muted seek performance the drive is so well optimized for workstation tasks that comparing it to a current revision of an Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB (which has fully optimized seek performance vs a Deskstar 7K3000) on PCMark saw the Ultrastar only beating it on 1 phase (virus scan) and scoring ~10% lower on these desktop style tasks. Obviously the Ultrastar's performance will hold up a lot better once it starts to fill up, but WD's tuning of this drive with such low acoustics is certainly impressive. This PCMark score is better than the WD FAEX 1TB Blacks from rev Z3A0 (not 1TB/platter), which scored similarly to the Ultrastar and was the current rev code for quite a while up until very recently.

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AmtrakQuebec Aug 22, 2012 06:41 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I'm talking about the 4tb and 5tb ones they announced back at CeBit that used to be developed by Samsung.

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Lsi Aug 22, 2012 11:32 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I guess you're hoping for more affordable Seagate ones vs the Hitachi 4TB drives?

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Rod_H Sep 04, 2012 08:26 PM Reply | Bookmark
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LSI, WD product codes says the 'z' means AdvancedFormat is used when in the 2nd alphabetic position (wd10EzEX), BUT also says its a SATA II drive when 'X' is in the 4th position, so I am confused. Is this a AF, SATA II drive or what?

http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/other/2579-001028.pdf

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Lsi Sep 04, 2012 09:21 PM Reply | Bookmark
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As doc'd in the other thread, they are SATA3 but are actually AF / 4k sector after all.

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