Testbed and Benchmark Setup

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2003-02-12 Print this article Print

We used the same 2.8GHz Pentium 4 system weve been using for all our recent storage reviews for testing the 5000DV:
Component Intel D845PEBT2 System (DDR333) Check Prices
CPU 2.8GHz Pentium 4 (533MHz FSB) check prices
Motherboard and Chipset Intel D845PEBT2, Intel 845PE chipset check prices
Memory 512MB Kingston HyperX PC3500 DDR, run at DDR333 speeds, CAS2-2-2, "aggressive" timings. check prices
Graphics Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4600 (30.82 driver) check prices
DVD-ROM Toshiba SD-1502 check prices
Audio Sound Blaster Audigy Gamer check prices
Ethernet Intel Integrated
Operating System Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 1 installed check prices
Since the 5000DV is primarily positioned as secondary storage, we didnt test using any of the Winstone benchmarks, as you probably wouldnt use the drive for storing and running applications.
Heres how we tested:
  • Winbench 99 version 2.0 disk tests. Although getting pretty old, they seemed pretty consistent.
  • PCMark 2002 disk tests. We used the results from the individual tests that generate the PCMark disk scores.
  • A backup of 6.3GB of file data from an internal IDE drive to the 5000DV, using Retrospect. This particular test was conducted only on the 5000DV, but we compared the results when using FireWire versus USB 2.0.
We compare the Maxtor drive to the external drive unit we built with the Belkin enclosure, using the Seagate Barracuda V ATA drive. We also compare it to the same Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB ATA133 hard drive attached to an ATA interface. We generated benchmark scores for both USB 2.0 and FireWire, since the 5000DV can connect to either type of interface.

Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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