Product: Seagate 7200.11
Company: Seagate
Authour: James 'caveman-jim' Prior
Editor: Charles 'Lupine' Oliver
Date: May 22nd, 2009
Single & Dual Disk Tests

Single and Two Disk configurations:

Here are the results for single disk and RAID 0 from the previous review Vista x64 benchmarks and the new flashed firmware, with write cache enabled and disabled:

Single Disk & RAID 0 Test Results
Single Disk & RAID 0 Test Results

No significant difference seen, certainly the differences in burst or average speed can be accounted for in the variations of driver and controller used. The single disk SD1A firmware appears marginally faster that the SD01.

Looking at RAID 1, again no big surprises:

RAID 1 Test Results
RAID 1 Test Results

Here I again included the single disk results to allow a simple contrast of RAID 1 with single disk. How much do you lose with the added redundancy? Hard to say as this is not a write test, but interesting to see how much benefit the RAID 1 performance gains from Intel Write Cache. Indeed, the Intel RAID 1 mode uses both disks for simultaneous reads, allowing different data to be read from both disks at the same time.

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