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Seagate Momentus 40GB (5400RPM)
By CPU-zilla
Category : Storage
Published by Jimmy Tang on Wednesday, 29th October, 2003
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  

Test Setup

There are two parts to the tests, one with MobileMark 2002 which tests for battery life and application performance, and the rest are based on synthetic performance benchmarks which has the drive attached to a desktop system. The tests are similar to what was done in the earlier Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 review, so if you want more details, we advise you to check that review (link is found below this article).

In order to give the results more meaning, we've added the following drives for comparison purposes :-

  • Hitachi Travelstar DK23EA-40 (40GB, 4200RPM, 2MB)
  • Hitachi Travelstar DK23EB-20 (20GB, 5400RPM, 2MB)
  • Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 (60GB, 7200RPM, 8MB)
  • Fujitsu MHS2030AT (30GB, 4200RPM, 2MB)

    We've added the Travelstar 7K60 results in the charts although we won't be giving it much consideration since the drive is in a league of its own. It makes a good reference point, so that's why we've added the results.

    Results - Winbench 99 v2.0

    The Seagate Momentus took a strong lead over Hitachi's Travelstar 7K60 in Business Disk Winmark - an outcome we'd never expected. With scores as much as 9% more than the 7K60 in Business Disk Winmark, the Seagate Momentus will probably give Hitachi's 7200RPM 'boy wonder' a really hard time. However, it only managed to top the chart using a FAT32 partition as it subsequently fell prey to the Travelstar 7K60 with NTFS.

    When it comes to a more rigorous test pattern like High-End Disk Winmark, the Travelstar 7K60 is the clear leader since it's a 7200RPM drive and therefore, it's expected to do just that. Comparing with other 4200RPM and 5400RPM drives, the Seagate Momentus is the clear leader in this benchmark.

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