Both the Samsung drives were tested in our hard disk benchmarking testbed which utilizes an Intel E7205 motherboard from AOpen (AX4R Plus). The system was equipped with an Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz (512KB L2 cache) processor, 256MB DDR266 Micron DIMMs and the operating system of choice was none other than Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1. The ATA-133 drive was connected to the system via the board's IDE connector while the SATA drive was connected via the on-board Silicon Image SiI3112A controller.
The results were then compared with other similar drives with an 8MB buffer. The drives compared in this review are :-
Hitachi Deskstar 180GXP 180GB (Ultra ATA-100 / 60GB per platter)
Western Digital Caviar 250GB (Ultra ATA-100 / 80GB per platter)
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB (SATA / 80GB per platter)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120GB (SATA / 80GB per platter)
Results - Winbench 99 v2.0
The results of both drives in Winbench 99 were quite similar and this is quite expected as both drives have the similar specifications, technology and even the same controller IC.