We tested the Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 in our usual hard disk benchmarking testbed which is equipped with an Intel E7205-based motherboard from AOpen. The system is also installed with an Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz (512KB L2 cache) processor, 256MB DDR266 Micron DIMMs and Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1. All SATA drives were tested using the on-board Silicon Image SiI3112A SATA controller while the PATA drives used in this review were plugged into the motherboard's ATA-100 controller.
The results from the Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 were compared to other similar 80GB per platter drives with an 8MB buffer, such as :-
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)
Samsung SpinPoint SP1614C (SATA / 80GB per platter)
Results - Winbench 99 v2.0
Using Winbench 99 v2.0, we found the Deskstar 7K250 to be an attractive all-round performer with scores taking the top positions in most test iterations. With a FAT32 partition, the performance of the drive overtook all of its competitors while it struggled a little under the NTFS test. Even though it fumbled a little under an NTFS partition, it still managed to stay competitive by taking out Seagate, Samsung and occasionally Western Digital's Caviar.